Hampshire ready for wet and windy weekend

Hampshire’s Highways teams are on full alert this weekend, with Storm Erik bringing heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the South

Feb 8 2019

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “With a yellow weather warning in place our highways teams are ready for another busy weekend.  We have emergency crews, specialist tree crews and extra gully clearing equipment available to clear fallen trees and water off the roads and keep routes clear. 
“We 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.”

With the ground already wet from recent rainfall and melted snow, some trees may become weakened and more susceptible to high winds. This may impact on power lines, communications and transport.

Throughout the year, Hampshire Highways completes ditch clearing and maintenance work on Hampshire’s 60,000 gullies and 4,600 catchpits, as well as carrying out a continued programme of structural improvements to the highways drainage system to make Hampshire more resilient to the effects of extreme weather.
Fallen trees on the highway can be reported on 0300 555 1388.

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

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

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