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Help fight winter flooding

Monday, 21 October 2013

Following heavy downpours and a tornado over the weekend, Hampshire County Council is encouraging residents to clear ditches on their own land and play their part in preventing localised flooding this winter.

When flooding does occur the Council's team of emergency engineers is on call continuously seven days a week to unblock highway drains, coordinate work with the police and other emergency services and clear fallen trees from roads - all to keep the county's roads clear and traffic flowing. Residents can also help by reporting problems online.

The County Council's Emergency Planning Team is also prepared and on standby, ready to deal with emergency situations that may arise as a consequence of heavy downpours or high winds.

The Council spends more than £2 million a year maintaining 900 kilometres of highway drains and more than 200,000 roadside gullies but there are many gullies and watercourses on private land which can be blocked during autumn from fallen leaves. These blockages can often lead to flooding on local roads after heavy rainfall.

Residents are also being asked to ensure that piped sections of watercourses that lie under driveways are kept clear as it is these restricted locations that are often the most vulnerable to flooding and need the most attention.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "We can't prevent flooding completely but, with autumn weather well and truly here and leaves about to fall, there is a lot that we can do to reduce the impact on our neighbourhoods. I am asking local residents if they can regularly check ditches and watercourses on their own land to make sure they are clear of leaves, vegetation and other debris and not blocked up by grass cuttings or other rubbish."

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