Posted: Wednesday 30th May 2018
Hertfordshire County Council’s highways teams dealt with more than one hundred emergency calls on Tuesday 29 May as torrential rain passed through the county.
Our highways teams were called to 100 reports of flooding on the county’s roads and pavements as the sheer amount of water falling overwhelmed drainage systems. Eleven of these had to be dealt with as emergencies with the county council’s highways contractor Ringway sending out teams to deal with the flooding. Welwyn Garden City, Hoddesdon, Hertford and St Albans were particularly hard hit.
Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "The heavy rain yesterday afternoon inevitably caused flooding and very difficult conditions for drivers. Our crews were out yesterday making areas safe and we anticipate any areas of flooding should quickly disperse.
"It sounds obvious, but please do allow extra time for journeys and don’t drive through flood water. Even fairly shallow water can cause serious damage to your car and just six inches can cause a car to lose control or stall."
For more information on flooding, go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flooding