Re­pair teams get ready for pot­hole fixes

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High­ways main­te­nance crews are poised to tackle an ex­pected surge in pot­holes through­out the county in the wake of the se­vere storms and flood­ing.

New holes have ap­peared in many pave­ments, block paving and roads caus­ing hazards to driv­ers.

Now Kent County high­ways crews – who can­celled hol­i­days to re­pair dam­age caused by gale-force winds over the fes­tive pe­riod – are pre­par­ing for more work.

It comes af­ter the team dealt with a record num­ber of jobs re­cently, with more than 1,500 calls about fallen trees in the flood’s af­ter­math.

David Bra­zier, Kent County Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port and en­vi­ron­ment, said: “We are aware that many peo­ple suf­fered as a re­sult of the se­vere weather.

“The ex­treme wet weather has caused pot­holes and we have geared up to tackle this, mak­ing per­ma­nent, first-time fixes as the first choice re­pair process.

“On oc­ca­sion we will make a tem­po­rary re­pair un­til a per­ma­nent one can be pro­grammed in.

“We are com­mit­ted to re­pair­ing th­ese within our ser­vice stan­dard of 28 days.”

Pot­holes and other faults can be re­ported on the coun­cil’s high­ways site.

In emer­gen­cies res­i­dents should call 03000 41 81 81.

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