Damage to roads could cost millions

Devon County Council say the damage caused to roads in the area could take months to repair.

The damage caused to Devon’s roads by the torrential rain and flooding will take months to repair and will cost millions of points, Devon County Council has revealed.

More than 270 weather related incidents were reported on the county’s highways over the weekend including flooding to properties in Axminster, where residents from Willhayes Park were evacuated.

Bridge inspectors were out on Sunday checking bridges and structures affected.

All A and B roads in the county were checked for damage and all are open. Repairs are already under way on A-roads in Devon.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “The weather conditions were atrocious over the weekend and the flooding was the worst we’ve seen for some time. I have to express my gratitude to our control centre and highways teams, South West Highways, and the emergency services, who all worked well together. We are ensuring that repair work is carried out as a priority on A-roads to keep the public safe and to keep Devon moving in order to support our local economy.

“There are a number of issues already identified on unclassified roads in East Devon and the South Ham areas, and problems are still being reported which illustrates the size of the task at hand. The repair bill will undoubtedly run into millions of pounds – probably on a similar scale to what we have seen during some of the recent harsh winters.”