Herts County Council applies for extra cash to fix potholes and other damage caused by flooding

Flooding in Gadebridge Park, January 2014. Photo submitted by Steve Roberts.
Flooding in Gadebridge Park, January 2014. Photo submitted by Steve Roberts.

Extra funding from the government has been requested to help pay for repairs to potholes and damaged roads in Herts caused by another winter of extreme weather.

Herts County Council is expecting to hear within the next few weeks whether it has been successful in its bid for a share of a national flooding relief fund.

Councillor Terry Douris, who oversees highways, said: “Unfortunately we’ve had another winter of extreme weather. Hertfordshire residents were affected and, although perhaps not as badly as some other parts of the UK, the sustained heavy rain has caused damage throughout the county and had a major impact on roads.

“Despite maintenance of drains, the sheer volume of water together with lower temperatures has meant that we have many miles of flood-damaged roads and bridges.

“I’m pleased that the government has responded to the calls from councils for more money to repair these flood-hit roads, and I sincerely hope that Hertfordshire receives its fair share.”

Using strict criteria set down by the Department for Transport on the type of damage that would be eligible for funding, the county council has identified 42 miles of road and 16 bridges that have been affected by the weather. The cost to repair the damage is estimated at around £7 million.

The council’s highways contractor Ringway is prioritising repairs to ensure damage assessed as needing an emergency response is fixed straight away, and that other repairs are done in the most efficient way possible.

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