Drivers advised to check their route before the Monday morning rush hour following weekend of flooding and adverse weather
Monday, 10 February 2014
Hampshire County Council is warning drivers that there may be disruption to Monday morning's commute to work following a weekend of heavy rain and high winds.
County Council teams have been working alongside emergency services and other partners round the clock this weekend to respond to continued flooding in Hampshire, and a number of routes are likely to still be affected in the morning.
Therefore, drivers are being advised to check the County Council's webpages for the latest road closure information before setting out tomorrow.
Flooding has been reported in many places right across the county and these are listed on the Council's website. Particularly badly affected are; Romsey, with the A3057 completely closed north of the town, and Winchester, where Andover Road has been closed north of the city.
Kings Worthy has also been badly affected and some roads are still closed in the area. In addition, flooding is reported south of Winchester in Twyford. The A32 at Farringdon was also closed this afternoon. There are also continuing problems in the New Forest, particularly in areas alongside the River Avon.
Allbrook Road north of Eastleigh has now re-opened, but motorists should check the situation in the morning.
Many other places have seen flooding his weekend and a full list is available.
School closures will be reported on the at www.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures
Highways teams have delivered many hundreds of sandbags to locations including Romsey today. Standby teams have also been busy dealing with fallen trees, blocked gullies and other localised flooding problems.
The County Council's Emergency Planning Team has also been on standby, to support the emergency services and to assist those who have needed help with emergency situations as a consequence of the heavy rainfall.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: "Our teams have been extremely busy once again this weekend, working non-stop with our partners and the emergency services, wherever they have been needed.
"While today's weather has thankfully been somewhat drier, localised showers can still be expected and further heavy rain is forecast in Hampshire on Tuesday morning.
"I would urge motorists to take extra care in these severe conditions and in particular to drive carefully through water at all times, and avoid swamping nearby properties and other road users. Drivers are also reminded to observe road closures and not to move signs, as they are clearly in place for safety reasons."
Follow @hantsconnect on Twitter for information roads affected by flooding and storms.
If anyone has concerns about any older or vulnerable people in their community during times of adverse weather, they should call: 0845 603 5630 or out of hours 0845 600 4555. Hampshire residents are asked to be good neighbours and check on anybody elderly or who may be vulnerable during this time.