Hampshire Highways prepared for Summer storms

Hampshire Highways teams are on full alert as thunderstorms forecast for much of the country could head towards the South in the coming days

Aug 13 2020

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “While we can’t be sure how Hampshire will be affected by the storms, we are, nonetheless, prepared to clear the roads of surface water which will accumulate quickly if there is torrential rainfall. Our highways teams are ready with extra gully crews and emergency gangs on standby to help keep the roads clear and we will have tree crews available as well should wind speeds increase.”

Hampshire Highways teams have flood management resources ready at depots across the county ready to be deployed to protect the highway if needed. 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. 

Councillor Humby continued: “I would ask anyone setting out on a journey to please be prepared, drive according to the conditions and check the weather forecast before they head off. This weather front looks to be moving very quickly, bringing with it extremely heavy rain in a very short space of time.”

Fallen trees or surface water flooding on the highway can be reported direct to the County Council.

Details of flood warnings and alerts, and also help and advice for residents is available from the Environment Agency

Further information on any impact on the electricity network is available from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Hampshire County Council has produced a useful video outlining maintenance responsibilities for watercourses