Hampshire Highways working hard through Storm Eleanor

Hampshire’s Highways teams are continuing to work around the clock to keep roads clear following the overnight impact of Storm Eleanor

Jan 3 2018

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “Our highways teams have worked hard through the night to manage the impact of Storm Eleanor on our roads.  We have seen in excess of 50 trees brought down following the excessive wind speed and a considerable amount of rain leading to areas of saturated ground.

“Our emergency crews and specialist tree crews remain out at locations today, clearing these fallen trees and water off the roads so that motorists can take their planned routes.

Whilst excess water remains on the roads, all road users are advised to be extra cautious in these adverse conditions and drivers are asked to regulate their speeds accordingly, allowing extra time for journeys, and showing appropriate consideration for other road and footway users.” 

With the ground saturated, trees are more susceptible to high winds. Fallen trees may affect power lines, communications and transport, as well as blocking or obstructing roads and footways. 

Anyone that experiences an issue on a Hampshire road can report it online 
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport

Details of flood alerts and updates are available from the Environment Agency 
https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/5-day-flood-risk

Please drive safely during the winter as conditions can be more difficult. RoSPA has some helpful winter driving tips 
https://www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/drivers/better-driving/winter-tips/

Flooding issues can be reported to the Police by telephoning 101. 

Further information on the impact on the electricity network is available from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
http://news.ssen.co.uk/news/all-articles/2018/january/stormeleanor/