Hampshire County Council puts on extra highways teams to deal with bad weather

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HIGHWAYS emergency crews are being increased over the new year period to deal with any disruption caused by bad weather.

Hampshire County Council says it is putting out extra resources to respond to any wet weather and strong winds, which have been forecast for the new year.

Vehicles are on standby to deal with water on the roads and blocked gullies, and teams are on standby to deal with fallen trees.

In the last week, highways teams have responded to more than 1,300 incidents of fallen trees and flooded roads across Hampshire’s highway network.

Councillor Sean Woodward, the county councillor in charge of transport for the council, said: ‘We are in a good position to deal with any issues arising from the predicted wet and windy weather over the new year.

‘Our teams have given up Christmas breaks and have been working flat out over the past week to keep Hampshire moving, for which I cannot thank them enough.

‘It is anticipated they will be busy clearing up after this next bout of bad weather.

‘I would ask people to bear with us while we do all we can to clear roads and incidents of flooding quickly.’