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Huge Fallen Oak Causes Road Closure Between Burgess Hill & Hassocks Following Weekend Flash Flooding

15th November 2020 | By Peter Chapman

Overnight flash flooding in Burgess Hill on Sunday caused a huge oak tree to fall across the A273 London Road near the border with Hassocks - seeing the road closed for the whole day.

Ramblers saw the oak topple to the ground shortly before 11am. A female motorist reportedly escaped injury with her vehicle being clipped by the tree on its way down.

On inspection of the tree, it's 'root ball' was described by tree enthusiasts as being 'rather small'.

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With the huge Oak blocking both lanes, Sussex Police closed the road from the Hammonds Ridge roundabout in Burgess Hill and from the other end in Hassocks.

At the time, West Sussex Highways had not given an ETA on when to expect the tree to be cleared. During the evening, Sussex Police announced that the road would remain closed overnight and during tomorrow until the tree is removed. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys tomorrow morning.

Considering the A273 is a main road, it's very surprising that highways couldn't find a tree surgeon to come out and remove it. Hopefully the tree will be gone some time tomorrow morning.

A huge fallen Oak Tree has caused the A273 to be closed between Burgess Hill & Hassocks.

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