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Repairs to flood-hit Surrey roads to cost millions
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.”
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