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Flood alert as heavy rain is forecast for Hampshire
6:03pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 in Travel
HAMPSHIRE has been put on flood alert tonight after forecasters warned yet more torrential heavy rain and strong wind is on its way.
Lashing rain and gusts of up to 60 mph have been predicted over night and commuters are being urged to brace themselves for travel chaos in the morning.
Highways and maintenance teams have been put on red alert amid fears rain and strong winds could spark power cuts, topple trees, block drains and blow rainwater on to road surfaces.
Civic chiefs have put their Emergency Planning Team on standby ahead of an onslaught of dismal weather, expected to hit the county in the middle of the night.
Meanwhile, motorists have been urged to take care on the roads and avoid fords.
Hampshire County Council's transport supremo Mel Kendal said: “Our highways teams are ready, with additional support from extra gully tankers, emergency response teams and tree crews on stand-by to help keep Hampshire moving, by dealing with flooding on our roads or setting up diversion routes if a road has to be closed.
“I would ask everyone to take particular care if they have to make a journey in these conditions. Sudden, very heavy downpours can lead to roads and pavements flooding quickly.
"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.
“Furthermore, please heed any warning signs that are placed on the highway.”