Call-outs to flooding and fallen trees go up

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EMERGENCY crews responded to 95 calls about flooding and removed 18 fallen trees after heavy rain.

The highways team from Hampshire County Council have been out non-stop since torrential downpours hit the county last weekend.

Councillor Sean Woodward, in charge of environment at the authority, said: ‘We’ve had extra crews, extra tankers, and extra arboriculture teams out round the clock dealing with water on the roads and fallen trees as a result of the heavy rain over the weekend.

‘More rain is forecast over the next few days, so I would ask everyone using the roads to take care, to drive according to the conditions, and not to take any risks.

‘There were incidences where cars became stuck because they were following other vehicles and it is difficult to judge the depth of water on the roads, so check your routes in advance.’

With more heavy rain predicted to fall on saturated ground, there may be incidents of local flooding. To report flooding visit