Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “With weather warnings in place inland as well as coastal areas, our highways teams are gearing up for a busy weekend. We’ll have emergency crews, specialist tree crews and extra gully equipment ready to clear fallen trees and water off the roads, to keep routes clear.
“There are ten flood alerts in southern areas of Hampshire at the moment, so we are getting sandbags ready in case we need them, to help protect the highways. We would ask anyone setting out on a journey to please be prepared, and check the weather forecast before they head off.”
With the ground already wet from recent rainfall, 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.
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.
Flooding issues can be reported to the Police on 101.