Surrey County Council’s highways teams are to focus their efforts on flood prevention work as the region continues to be hit by severe weather.
Along with the Army, boroughs and districts and the county’s highways contractor Kier Services the council’s roads teams have filled and distributed 15,000 sandbags and the county’s highways teams have fixed 1,200 potholes.
It came as Surrey’s leader announced today (Tuesday 11 February) that flood prevention work was now the main focus for the organisation.
David Hodge said that some planned non-urgent highways works would “pause” where there was a need to tackle flooding affecting residents and key roads.
Speaking at a meeting of the Full Council, Mr Hodge said: “Our highways teams will continue to work round the clock with the main focus on tackling the effects of flooding, clearing roads and fallen trees, but all essential work across the county will continue as normal.”
The floods have continued to affect highways and crews are busy clearing roads, repairing potholes and replacing manhole covers as the weather takes its toll on the region. It has already been estimated that the repair bill to fix Surrey’s roads and bridges will hit £6m.
Key statistics since the latest floods hit:
• 1,200 potholes fixed
• 15,000 sandbags filled
• 76 trees cleared
• 148 call-outs to flooded roads.