Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We have extra emergency teams and tree crews on standby round the clock, and extra equipment ready to deploy to protect the highways, including pumps and sandbags. Our teams will do all they can to keep the roads clear of water and fallen trees.”
The Met Office has issued a Yellow Rain Warning for tonight, Friday 2 October, through to Saturday 3 October with 25-40 mm of rain being forecast across the county. Some places, particularly around the New Forest area, could potentially see one month’s worth of rain, up to 100 mm, in 24-48 hours.
Councillor Humby continued: “Intense and heavy rainfall can quickly overwhelm surface water drainage systems while water drains away and some roads may suffer from localised flooding. Heavily saturated ground also means that trees are more susceptible to fall in strong winds or gusts. I would urge people to take note of forecast updates and adhere to any warning signs on the roads, and also drive according to the weather conditions at all times.”
Throughout the year, Hampshire Highways routinely maintains Hampshire’s 60,000 gullies and 4,600 catchpits, as well as carrying out a continued programme of improvements to highway surface water drainage systems to make Hampshire more resilient to the effects of extreme weather. It is important landowners also maintain their ditches and watercourses to help prevent roads become flooded.
In an emergency where there is a danger to life call 999.
Find out who to report a flood or possible cause of flooding to at: www.gov.uk/report-flood-cause
If you believe the flooding is from a main river contact the Environment Agency at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency or phone 0800 80 70 60.
Urgent issues on the public highway can be reported to the County Council via www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems during office hours and via 101 outside office hours.
Surface water flooding on the highway can also be reported direct to Hampshire County Council at www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems
For other incidents of flooding please report these at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/reportingflooding.
Flood prevention guidance on reducing the risks and impacts of flooding, with links to the organisations involved in different types of flooding, is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/floodprevention
Advice from Hampshire County Council, other local authorities and the Environment Agency on managing the risk of flooding is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/sandbags
Advice on how householders can be prepared: https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanning/whattoplanfor/floodingadvice
To sign up for flood alerts visit: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
Before travelling to any of the County Council’s country parks and other venues, please check whether the site is open. Each site will be posting updates on social media.