Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

All hands on deck for Highways storm clean-up

14:35 09 January 2014

Archant

County Council’s Highways department redeploying it resources to deal with storm damage

Devon County Council is redeploying all of its highways teams into the clean-up operation in the wake of recent storms – with the council receiving 7,000 reports of flooding, potholes and fallen trees across the county since December 20.

The Highways Authority has reassigned all of its resources to the clean-up to inspect and restore the local salting network to the best possible state before forecast colder temperatures hit later this month.

The emergency response will enable Devon Highways to target repairs to potholes and safety defects as well as urgent drainage clearance, but several pre-planned and routine works have been suspended to make this possible.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said: “Our highway network has again taken a battering from the volume of rainfall in recent weeks so we need to focus on repairing the damage and clearing problem drains and gullies.

“We can expect issues with water run-off for some time, which will cause problems if we have a freeze. Therefore we need to make sure our salting network is in the best possible condition.

“The budget pressures we’re facing will limit our capacity to address reported problems and improve our highway drainage network, and this needs to be discussed with Government.

“We still haven’t recovered from last year’s storms, and we’ll be dealing with the legacy for the next four years.”

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:04
Scenes from Ilfracombe May Day 2016

Watch: The spirit of summer is released a day earlier than usual as Ilfracombe’s May Day celebrations enjoyed a good turn out

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells

Torrington is getting ready for its Mayfair celebrations and carnival this coming week - everything you need to know here.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Ben Blake, Craig Huxtable, Lewis Pillman, Hettie Cook and Karen Vasey-Szwer are among a group of eight Bideford College students hoping to travel to Ecuador. Picture: Submitted

Supermarket check-out bag pack among a series of stunts carried out to raise funds for ‘life-changing’ trip to Ecuador.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Stowford Farm Meadows

Will Stowford Farm Meadows be crowned the king of sites in the Great British Park off?

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Dave Butt, pictured during the Pilton Festival, was a staunch community champion. Picture: Barbara Fryer Photography

Hundreds pack Barnstaple Parish Church to bid farewell to community champion

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016

Firefighters from Barnstaple were called after reports of a smell of smoke and a fire alarm sounding.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is letting people behind the scenes ahead of one of their busiest weekends.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Councillor Sue Hayward and town clerk Will Austin outside Barnstaple Guildhall

Barnstaple Town Council has big plans for the Guildhall, but the historic building needs a bit of sprucing up first.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Chicken hen.

Hen evades rescue attempts but appears content in adopted A39 lay-by home

Read more
Thursday, April 28, 2016
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple

700-word response says there are ‘no red lines’ to reviewing services but ‘will not add to speculation’

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications