Hampshire Highways ready as Storm Dennis heads in from the South West

Following on from Storm Ciara, Hampshire’s Highways teams will once again be on standby round the clock to deal with the impact of Storm Dennis which is forecast to hit Hampshire this weekend (15 and 16 February 2020)

Feb 14 2020

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “With the forecast for heavy rain and strong winds again this weekend, we have extra equipment to deal with flooding, tree crews and emergency gangs ready to keep Hampshire’s roads clear of surface water and fallen trees. Last weekend, we received over 1,300 reports of issues on the highway caused by the storm and had teams clearing the roads into the early hours of Monday morning.

“While all main routes were cleared by Monday morning rush hour, our tree crews were still dealing with trees and flooding issues on some smaller, rural roads on Monday and Tuesday, and have continued to clear up debris through the week.

“The forecast is for heavy rain during Saturday. With the ground already saturated, trees are vulnerable to strong winds and I would urge everyone to think if their journey is really necessary and to check travel conditions before setting out this weekend.”

Surface water or fallen trees on the highway can be reported direct to the County Council at www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems

If you see a highways issue which needs urgent attention

•         Phone 0300 555 1388 during office hours

•         Outside of office hours, phone 101

Due to the extreme weather forecast some Household Waste Recycling centres (HWRCs) may need to close at short notice this weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Before travelling to any of the County Council’s country parks and other venues, such as Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, please check whether the site is open. Each site will be posting updates on social media.

Fallen trees on rights of way can be reported direct to the County Council at www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway/reportaproblem

Details of flood alerts and updates are available from the Environment Agency 

Please see Flood Prevention Guidance if you believe you are at risk of internal flooding and need to take measures to protect your property.

The Environment Agency provides guidance on how to use sandbags.

Please drive safely during the winter as conditions can be more difficult. RoSPA has some helpful winter driving tips 

For information on power cuts, call 105. Further information on the impact on the electricity network is available from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks