Repair work begins after weather causes even more potholes

A pothole repair team in action
A pothole repair team in action

Emergency crews are working flat out to patch up Bucks’ roads after stormy weather created even more potholes.

Bucks County Council has been inundated with emergency pothole repair requests, from an average of four a day around Christmas to 51 a day this week.

These are attributable to the severe weather, particularly water on the roads and changes in temperature.

Working flat-out crews can patch up 250 potholes a day.

Yesterday six three-man pothole crews, four two-man area maintenance teams, and the county’s two Jet Patcher crews were mobilised to deal with road surface defects.

Although the wind and rain has subsided, there are still areas of surface water on roads across the county.

Yesterday (Thursday) four roads were closed owing to flooding, including Broughton Lane, Aylesbury and Haddenham Road, Kingsey.

They will reopen when water levels are safe for drivers.

The council said emergency crews, gulley emptiers and Super Sucker crews continue to work to capacity to clear excess water from gullies blocked by storm debris.

A council spokesman added: “Praise for the emergency crews has been coming in from residents, like those in Station Road, Cheddington, who reported a flood to the TfB operations hub on Monday 6 January.

“A gulley emptying team, despatched to Station Road, stemmed the rising flood water and laid sandbags to slow the flow towards residents’ homes. The Super Sucker tanker returned the following day, working until 8pm to clear 45 tonnes of water, preventing water flooding homes.

“Since then water levels in this area have remained low and residents paid tribute to the crew’s efforts.”

Every transport service has been tested in the past few weeks to deal with flooding, fallen trees, potholes and road gritting.

Janet Blake, Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet Mmember for planning and transport, said: ‘I would like to publicly state my praise and enormous thanks to all members of the team who have worked so hard in recent appalling weather to make everyday living better for our residents.’

With the Met Office forecast for drier weather over the weekend, temperatures may drop below freezing.

The council’s gritting teams were out on all precautionary routes yesterday eveningand will be monitoring weather forecasts and road surface temperatures.

In Bucks, between the start of the severe weather on Monday December 23 until yesterday, the council has:

> Visited 272 flooding sites: crews put up warning signs, cleared gullies of storm debris, and cleared flood water where possible.

> Cleared 244 fallen trees and branches: all fallen trees on roads cleared within two hours of call-out.