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

The Everest Ascent team say they will still be climbing the mountain for Children's Hospice South West.

The Everest Ascent team say they will carry a photo of every British climber killed in the Nepal earthquake to the summit of Mount Everest next year.

Read more
Front row attendants: Lilly-Mai Curley, Summer Pateman, Kaitlyn Grills, Mia Sampson, Kelsey Woodroffe, Bobbi Manning, Amelia Batten and Paige MacDonald Bale. Back row: Charlie Sears Avery (herald); Neve Cox (May Queen); Carrie Lawrence-O'Shear (crowner); Tyler Whittaker (herald). Picture Sarah Howells

Pupils from Great Torrington Bluecoats are looking forward to forming the royal entourage at Torrington May Fair.

Read more
Richard Todd (centre) collects the Paul Lock Memorial Prize from Chris and Gwen Lock.

North Devon District Hospital nurse has won award for paediatric care for children with diabetes.

Read more
The Nepal fundraiser will be held on Croyde beach.

A group of North Devon yoga teachers will be holding a fundraising event on Croyde beach this Monday in aid of the Nepal earthquake crisis.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:35
North Devon Road Runners Jo and Frank Biederman with their medals.

North Devonian pounds the streets of the capital for charity....

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09

The nine-turbine wind farm is set to be operational in North Devon by summer 2016.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:36
The TK Maxx store in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

Walls around the building on Joy Street have come down revealing new TK Maxx store building.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07

Woman claiming to be from the council tried to con elderly Barnstaple man, as police warn people to remain vigilent of fraudsters.

Read more
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Taw Bridge, Barnstaple

Drivers help talk the man to safety after Sunday afternoon drama on Taw Bridge

Read more
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Landlord Nick Ward and customers celebrate St George's Day at the Ship and Pilot in Ilfracombe.

The Ship and Pilot pub pays homage to England sporting success in football club fundraiser

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

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
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

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



North Devon's trusted business finder