SOUTHAMPTON is bracing itself for the worst of British weather.

With yellow weather warnings in place around the UK for rain, snow and ice a number of “danger to life” alerts have been issued.

Residents are being warned that parts of the city may flood following heavy rainfall.

But Southampton City Council – along with its highways partner Balfour Beatty – is “on standby” to keep the city moving.

There is a fleet of vehicles to closely monitor temperatures on the roads with crews poised for when temperatures plunge.

Similarly, teams are ready to respond to flooding and pump away water.

Meanwhile, the local authority is looking for a solution to the flooding on Millbrook Road West.

Balfour Beatty reportedly has 900 tonnes of grit stockpiled in the city as well as four “state-of-the-art gritting vehicles ready to roll”, with improved gritting speeds and spread, and on-board GPS technology.

The Southampton Highways Partnership has provided over 320 grit bins across the city.

According to the council, the grit in these public bins is provided for use on public roads and footpaths only and should not be used to grit private properties.

Cabinet member for transport and public realm at Southampton City Council, Cllr Jacqui Rayment said: “Together with our highways partners at Balfour Beatty we are well prepared for winter.

“We’ve got plenty of grit in stock and more available if it’s needed.

“We also have teams on standby ready to respond to localised flooding problems.

“You can check our website to find the locations of our grit bins or to request a refill if any of them are running low which may happen if we have a prolonged period of cold.

“Please remember to look out for your neighbours this winter, particularly if they are elderly or have limited mobility.

“Take extra care on the roads and pavements should we face any extreme winter weather.”

Drivers can keep up to date with all the latest on Southampton’s roads by following @scchighways on Twitter.

As previously reported a stretch of Millbrook Road West was left completely submerged in September and earlier this month.

One driver was rescued from his vehicle by a crew from Redbridge fire station two months ago, and two lanes of the road were closed for part of the rush-hour.