Hampshire County Council is warning that more ‘unfavourable’ weather is on the way and is likely to impact on roads as repairs to potholes and weather caused road damage fall further behind.
Petersfield Hangers county councillor Russell Oppenheimer said: “Senior officers have attended a briefing with the Met Office and the Environment Agency.
“Unfortunately, it looks like there is more unfavourable weather on the way.
"The Met Office is suggesting February has the potential for more periods of stormy conditions and some further cold spells.”
The gloomy forecast comes as the council’s roads contractor Milestone Infrastructure struggles to recruit road repair teams.
Cllr Oppenheimer added: “Service demand across the county remains extremely high.
“Milestone is doing everything it can to secure more gangs and equipment and when more resource becomes available it is being deployed immediately.
“Both our officers and contractors continue to work extended hours, including weekends, to try and keep on top of the situation.
“However, demand far exceeds capacity at the present time and this will include the continued use of temporary ‘infill’ repairs.
"Consequently all work is having to be prioritised so that the highest risk issues are repaired first.
“It will be many weeks, if not months, before we are back to anything like business-as-usual.”
Heavy and prolonged rainfall during late December and early January saw many saturated catchment areas in Hampshire resulting in surface water flooding, and ice problems on some roads.
Currently gully and manhole cleansing and ditch clearance is being prioritised to ensure that, at the very least, highway drainage systems are operational.