Driving through the wind and rain

Hampshire’s Highways teams are on full alert this weekend (29 - 31 December 2017), with weather conditions forecast to bring more heavy rain and strong winds

Dec 29 2017

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “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.

“We would ask anyone setting out on a journey to please be prepared, and check the weather forecast before they head off. With excess water on roads, drivers are advised to be extra cautious in such conditions and are politely reminded to regulate their speeds accordingly, allowing extra time for their journeys.”

With the ground already wet from recent rainfall, some trees may become more susceptible to high winds. This may impact on power lines, communications and transport, as well as roads and footways.

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.

Anyone that experiences an issue on a Hampshire road can report it online

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 by telephoning 101

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