Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “Following four months of exceptional rainfall, and despite the dry spring and early summer, groundwater levels are rising fast, and are well above average for the time of year - particularly in south east Hampshire. Although forecasts are now predicting a more settled drier period, the recent rainfall will further increase ground water levels as it works its way into the natural aquifers.
“All year round we work with our partners, including the Environment Agency, and district and parish councils, to help make communities more resilient to the impact of flooding. Over the past few years, we have completed a number of flood alleviation schemes across the county, and many communities now have local flood action plans in place - so they know what action to take in the event of flooding.
“We will do all we can to keep Hampshire safe. Our Emergency Planning team is working closely with the Environment Agency and local partner agencies to monitor the situation and prepare for any possible flooding. I would also encourage people to think about what steps they can take to help protect their homes and property from potential flooding. You can visit our webpages for further advice.
“On the road network, our highways teams are ready with extra gully crews, and emergency gangs are on standby to help keep the roads clear of surface water. 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 mindful of surface water and drive accordingly. Where there are flood signs, please adhere to these, drive carefully and do not drive though flood water.”
More information about flooding and flood management in Hampshire can be found via the following Hampshire County Council webpages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanning/whattoplanfor/floodingadvice.
You can also visit:
• The GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the five-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings;
• The Environment Agency’s webpages to sign up for local flood alerts: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings;
You can also call the 24-hour Environment Agency Floodline service on 0345 988 1188 and follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.