Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’ve already had an exceptionally wet autumn, and groundwater levels have been rising as a consequence. This means some areas will therefore be more vulnerable to surface water flooding. Similarly, strengthening winds combined with expected high tides in coastal areas will affect areas most vulnerable to tidal flooding. Our highways teams are ready with extra gully crews and emergency gangs on standby to help keep the roads clear of surface water. Heavily saturated ground means that trees are more susceptible to fall in strong winds or gusts so 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. However, roads can still become flooded if all land owners do not maintain their ditches and watercourses.
Councillor Humby continued: “This can be a busy time of year for some people, but I would ask that anyone setting out on a journey to please be prepared, drive according to the conditions and check the weather forecast before they head off.”