County Council's highways team ready for heavy rain and high winds
22 November 2012
With weather forecasters predicting high wind speeds and heavy rain this evening, in Hampshire highways emergency response teams have been mobilised to be on stand-by for dealing with fallen branches or trees on the highway, flooded roads and blocked drains.
The forecast is for winds in excess of 60mph, combined with heavy rain and torrential downpours in places, from approximately 7pm this evening.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said:
"If the forecast is accurate, Hampshire is in for some extreme wet and windy conditions later. Our highways teams are ready with additional support from extra tree crews, gully tankers and emergency response teams on stand-by to help keep Hampshire moving, by dealing with fallen branches or trees and flooded roads. Given that this weather is set to strike towards the end of the rush hour, when our roads may still be busy, some people's journeys may be affected.
"I would ask road users to take particular care if they have to make a journey in these conditions, driving with caution and at an appropriate speed. Sudden, very heavy downpours can lead to roads flooding quickly. Do not attempt to use fords and be extra careful driving through any road surface water as it may be difficult to judge its depth. Be patient and considerate to other road users. Spare a thought too for cyclists and any pedestrians walking along the road side, so that they are not showered by puddle water thrown up from the road by moving vehicles. Be aware too, for the additional hazard of fallen leaves making roads and pavements extra slippery, and also causing drains to become blocked."
The County Council is also asking people to report incidences of flooding on Hampshire's roads online or by calling 0845 603 5633. People can keep updated on roads affected by severe weather by checking ROMANSE online at romanse.org.uk or following them on Twitter @ROMANSE. Alternatively tune in to BBC Radio Solent and other local radio stations for traffic reports.
Flooding information can also be found online from the Environment Agency .
If anyone has concerns about any older or vulnerable people in their community during times of adverse weather, they should call: 0845 603 5630.