Hampshire Highways steps up work to keep the county moving this Winter

Hampshire Highways is prioritising highway drainage works to keep Hampshire moving through the winter as cold and wet weather sweeps across the county.

Dec 18 2020

Rob with gully emptiers

Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment Councillor Rob Humby went to see for himself some new gully trucks which will be out across the county every day keeping road gullies clear and helping to ensure the county’s roads are resilient to the impact of severe wet weather and the increasing risk of flooding brought about by a changing climate.

Councillor Humby said: Keeping Hampshire’s roads clear of water by maintaining and improving highways drainage is a year round job for the County Council. Hampshire Highways teams routinely clear and cleanse thousands of gullies and catchpits every month and cut grips in roadside verges, and they do this on top of a continued programme of improvements to highway surface water drainage systems to make Hampshire more resilient to the effects of extreme weather. 

When severe weather is forecast, we have extra emergency teams and tree crews on standby around the clock, and extra equipment ready to deploy to protect the highways, including high capacity pumps and sandbags.  Our teams will do all they can to keep the roads clear of water. Groundwater levels remain high in some areas of the county however, and, combined with intense and heavy rainfall which can quickly overwhelm drainage systems while water drains away, some roads may suffer from surface water flooding. I would urge people to adhere to any warning signs on the roads and drive according to the weather conditions at all times.

“We’ve seen some intense rainfall already this season when Hampshire was affected by storms Aiden and Alex in the Autumn.  Weather events such as these underline the importance of being prepared and also of all our efforts to mitigate and tackle the impact of climate change – whether from extremes of heat, cold or rainfall.”

It is important landowners maintain their ditches and watercourses for which they are responsible to help prevent the roads from flooding. Watch a short video about responsibilities of landowners here

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: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency or phone 0800 80 70 60

Urgent issues on the highway can be reported to the County Council by phoning 0300 555 1388 during office hours and 101 outside of 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:

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