Firefighters went to the aid of council staff to deal with a flooded drain on De la Warr Parade on Thursday (January 25) morning.
An existing problem meant a temporary pump had already been in place and this malfunctioned following heavy rain.
A Rother District Council spokesman said: “We were made aware of issues with flooding in De La Warr Parade at around 6.30am this morning (THU 15).
“There are issues with the surface water sewer at this location and we are working with Southern Water to ensure these are resolved.
“As a temporary measure, we have installed a pump which automatically activates to divert surface water out of the sewer when there are very high levels of flow in the sewer.
“Unfortunately this morning the pump had defaulted to the manual setting, rather than the automatic setting, which meant that excess water was not getting away.
“We had put in place contingency arrangements for such an eventuality and these were activated soon after we were aware of the situation. Once the pump was operational the excess water cleared very quickly. No properties suffered from water coming in and no damage occurred.”