Christmas getaway: Highway teams on standby

Cotswold Journal: Christmas getaway: Highway teams on standby Christmas getaway: Highway teams on standby

GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Council’s highway crews and Fire and Rescue Service are on standby with severe weather forecast for much of the UK at the start of the Christmas getaway,

The Met Office have currently issued yellow (be aware) weather warnings for Gloucestershire for rain and winds, which could led to problems with surface water and fallen trees.

The county’s highway teams are monitoring the situation carefully, and road workers already on winter standby are prepared to respond to any weather related incidents.

Highway crews are out on county roads clearing drains of leaves in advance of any expected heavy rainfall.

Additional specialist tree surgeons are also on standby if needed.

Drivers are urged to be prepared and check the latest updates ahead of their journeys and not to drive through any floodwater.

Vernon Smith, cabinet member for roads and flood, said: “Our road crews put in tremendous effort battling against the elements around the clock to keep the county moving.

“I would like to thank crews for their dedication braving the weather so we can go about our daily lives, especially in the run up to Christmas.

“Gloucestershire County Council is prepared should stormy weather hit, and travellers should be prepared too.

"Please drive safely, check your journey and don’t drive through flood water.”

Richard Waters, highways manager at Gloucestershire Highways, said: “The current forecast means we could see some problems with surface water on roads and fallen branches.

"We are monitoring the situation and are ready to respond if required.”

To can report any issues on the roads visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/reportit or call 08000 514 514.

Weather response updates will be posted on Twitter via @GlosHighways and @GlosCC.

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