Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Thu 21st December 2023
Derbyshire County Council has issued an update on its ongoing work to fix potholes across the county.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said on December 18: “Most people are counting the days down to Christmas, but our highways team have been on a very different countdown with the weather recently …
“In October Storm Babet closed 200 roads because of flooding. We cleared away debris and moved 10 trees that had come down.
“A total of 2,100 tonnes of grit helped to keep roads safe in the freeze that came next as we carried out gritting runs across the county
“Then the floods of the weekend before last meant we dealt with 25 trees that were blown over, closed 20 roads due to flooding, and cleared debris from more than 200 roads that were flooded or had large puddles and were covered in debris.”
The spokesman continued: “Unfortunately floods, freezing weather and floods again mean one thing ….. potholes. Lots of them.
“We do have extra roads gangs out there with extra equipment so please let us know if you spot a pothole by reporting them to us on our website.
“We can’t fix them all at once, but we are doing all we can to get to as many as we can, prioritising large potholes on main roads.
“The weather conditions sometimes prevent us carrying out permanent repairs but we are using more hotboxes which allow longer lasting repairs and we’re planning to use extra Government funding we’ve received on a larger patching programme too.
“Our inspectors are out and about but if you spot a pothole, please report it to us online.”
Road faults and potholes across Derbyshire can be reported to the council here
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