Repairs to flood-hit Surrey roads to cost millions

Floods: Much of the damage is still hidden

Floods: Much of the damage is still hidden

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Millions of pounds is expected to be spent of repairing roads damaged by floods, Surrey County Council has said.

Heavy rain and high winds have caused chaos across the county since before Christmas, with burst riverbanks, flooding and fallen trees features in many towns, including Cobham, Thames Ditton and Walton.

Surrey County Council said it and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service had responded to thousands of phone calls in the past three weeks. Now roads, bridges, drains and footpaths are scheduled to be inspected.

The council estimated millions of pounds would need to be spent on repairs, including fixing bridges, repairing road surfaces and removing fallen trees, with the total expected to rise once flooded roads were reopened and damage checked.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “We spent £5m in savings to fix roads damaged by last winter’s snow and ice, and we’ll spend the money we need to so we can repair Surrey’s roads affected by the recent severe weather.

“We can’t put an exact figure on this repair bill yet, as we’re still assessing the full extent of the damage, but it will run into millions of pounds.

“In the meantime, we’re continuing to do all we can along with district and borough councils to help Surrey communities.”

To find out the latest flood alerts, visit environment-agency.gov.uk.

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10:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

This is the responsibility of the Council to talk to the Government......ther
e is not way in the world that we should pay for this in damage to our cars. We pay enough in tax, council tax, road tax etc.
This is the responsibility of the Council to talk to the Government......ther e is not way in the world that we should pay for this in damage to our cars. We pay enough in tax, council tax, road tax etc. EwellMan
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