Hampshire puts full resources into tackling flooding
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Hampshire County Council continues to work 24/7 to keep Hampshire moving as flooding from heavy rainfall, high groundwater levels and overflowing rivers affects more areas across the county.
This weekend alone another 10,000 sandbags were deployed by highways teams, bringing the total delivered around Hampshire to 35,000. Sandbags are filled at the four highways depots, where stocks of sand and bags are delivered, ready for roads across Hampshire worst hit by the flooding.
Since the heavy rains hit Hampshire just before Christmas, more than 100 highways staff have been on continuous deployment, along with all of the 200 frontline staff from Amey, the County Council's term highways contractor. This last weekend saw 70 of these contractors helping to maintain 24 hours a day services through working on 12 hour shifts, and calling in sub contractors when necessary.
All eight of Hampshire's gully tankers have been deployed non stop over the past few weeks. Sandbags were delivered during Saturday and Sunday, to villages and roads across the county affected by the high groundwater levels and full rivers, including Upton, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Romsey, Winchester, Kings' Somborne, Basingstoke, parts of the New Forest, Farringdon, Bramdean, Twyford and Stockbridge.
While highways teams endeavour to keep the main roads open, some have had to be closed due to the risk of vehicles becoming stranded or stuck in the water, and also the bow waves of passing vehicles affecting properties adjacent to the road. Southern Water have temporarily shut down their mains replacement works at Colden Common as surrounding roads are suffering from flooding to avoid any further delays.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "We have deployed all the resources we have in tackling this flooding across Hampshire, with hundreds of staff working round the clock, helping evacuate people from flooded properties, putting out thousands of sandbags to keep the flood water from the roads, and deploying gully emptiers to clear water from flooded highways where we can. To make the best use of all available resources, we continue to work closely with colleagues in Fire, Police, the Environment Agency, Southern Water, District Councils and community groups to make the best use of each organisations' expertise.
"I would like once again to publicly express my gratitude to our workforce and our contractors for their efforts during this time and also to our communities who are showing the most amazing stoicism and community spirit in the most testing of circumstances."
"With cold nights and even more rain predicted for the rest of today and Wednesday, I'd like to remind people to continue to allow extra time for their journeys, to heed road closure signs, to be careful of other road users and houses adjacent to roads, and to drive according to the weather conditions."