Hampshire County Council have issued advice to householders as another weekend of strong winds and heavy rain is forecast for Hampshire.
The council say that their Highways teams are ready to keep Hampshire’s road network clear but warn that adverse weather conditions could force some waste recycling sites to close.
In a statement Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at HCC, said:
“Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis resulted in an extra 2000 reports for Hampshire Highways to deal with over two consecutive weekends in February. Once again, we have extra emergency teams and tree crews on standby round the clock, and extra equipment ready to deploy to protect the highways, including pumps and sandbags. Our teams will do all they can to keep the roads clear of water and fallen trees.
“However, groundwater levels are now high in many areas of the county, and, combined with intense and heavy rainfall which can overwhelm drainage systems while water drains away, some roads may become suffer from flooding. Heavily saturated ground means that trees are more susceptible to fall in strong winds or gusts. I would urge people to take note and adhere to any warning signs on the roads, and drive according to the weather conditions at all times.”
The council say that Hampshire Highways routinely maintains Hampshire’s 60,000 gullies and 4,600 catchpits, as well as carrying out a continued programme of improvements to highway surface water drainage systems to make Hampshire more resilient to the effects of extreme weather. It is important landowners also maintain their ditches and watercourses to help prevent roads become flooded.
HCC advise that before travelling to any of the County Council’s country parks and other venues, such as Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, visitors should check whether the site is open by checking for updates on the venue’s social media.
The council has also issued the following advice:
“Due to the extreme weather forecast some Household Waste Recycling centres (HWRCs) may need to close at short notice this weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause”
EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS:
In an emergency where there is a danger to life call 999.
Find out who to report a flood or possible cause of flooding to at: www.gov.uk/report-flood-cause
If you believe the flooding is from a main river contact the Environment Agency at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency or phone 0800 80 70 60
Urgent issues on the highway can be reported to the County Council by phoning 0300 555 1388 during office hours and 101 outside of office hours.
Surface water flooding on the highway can also be reported direct to Hampshire County Council at www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems
For other incidents of flooding please report these at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/reportingflooding.
Flood prevention guidance on reducing the risks and impacts of flooding, with links to the organisations involved in different types of flooding, is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/floodprevention
Advice from Hampshire County Council, other local authorities and the Environment Agency on managing the risk of flooding is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/sandbags
Advice on how householders can be prepared: https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanning/whattoplanfor/floodingadvice
To sign up for flood alerts visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings