Posted: Tuesday 27th June 2017
The Met Office issued a warning of possible heavy rain in Hertfordshire today and tomorrow so we are urging residents to be prepared and to take extra care during this spell of bad weather.
There is a risk that heavy, thundery showers could lead to localised flooding, so please take extra care on the roads and allow more time for journeys. If flooding does occur, it is likely to be due to the volumes falling in a very short period, and these are likely to disperse quickly once the rain has stopped.
Our crews work all year round to clear gullies so as much water as possible can drain off the road, however when a large volume of water falls in a short time, there will be localised flash floods. This happens when a downpour overwhelms drains and you should see the water drain away quickly once the rain has stopped.
Watch our video to see how we clean Hertfordshire’s 168,000 roadside gullies. If you see flood water that doesn’t drain away please report it to us at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/highwayfaults so we can deal with any problems and check drainage systems to make sure they’re working properly.
If there is flooding on the roads, please don’t drive through the 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.
If water is entering your home, please call the county council’s fire and rescue service on 999. Fire crews will attend all reports of flooding, but calls will be prioritised with life threatening incidents and flooding affecting vulnerable people being dealt with first.
Ralph Sangster, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’re not expecting widespread problems in Hertfordshire but we are asking residents to think ahead and take care when the weather is bad.”
Residents should report any incidents of flooding or debris on the highway that they believe to be hazardous to us through our online fault reporting system at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/highwayfaults