Suffolk’s wettest ever winter breaks highway response records

After months of extreme and sustained downpours, highways teams in Suffolk are breaking response and repair records whilst battling their most challenging operational period ever. Storm Babet saw nearly two months’ worth of rain fall in 24 hours, the subsequent storms and severe weather events saw more sustained rainfall, leading up to what Met Office […]

Somerset Council teams respond to heavy rain and flooding

Somerset Council’s Highways teams have been responding to incidents across the county following heavy rain this week. They responded to more than 40 incidents, many of them minor road closures due to flooding, as rain swept through the county. More than 20 schools took the decision to close as a result of the bad weather […]

Thousands of litres pumped off Portsmouth roads as part of storm response

More than 44,000 litres of water was pumped off one Portsmouth road as part of work to keep the city moving during Storm Ciarán. Gully tankers removed the remarkable amount of water from the Eastern Road, in addition to thousands of litres removed from roads across the rest of the city. As well as pumping […]

Rise in flash flood compensation claims

Local authorities in England are grappling with hundreds of compensation claims for flash floods, as central government budget cuts leave councils struggling to upkeep local roads and ageing drainage systems.   Between January 2020 and December 2022, councils received 740 claims from property owners for flood damage caused by sudden downpours. Councils accepted liability in 128 […]

Devon County Council starts smart gully trial to help prevent highway flooding

Devon County Council has announced it has appointed technology company Previsico to trial connected water and silt level sensors along a subset of Devon’s highway gullies. This forms part of the on-going Devon Resilience Innovation Project (Drip) Smart Gullies Trial, which aims reduce flooding on major roads. During heavy rainfall, gullies and drains can become […]

Swansea Council announce funding for roads and flooding

Swansea Council has announced that it’s to spend an additional £1m in repairing the city’s roads and target flooding hotspots which have suffered most during severe weather. A report set to go before the council looks for approval for the plans, which sets out a £5m investment in the city’s roads over the next five […]

Road in Bedfordshire to receive flood defence work

Milestone Infrastructure, a part of M Group Services, has secured its first contract under Eastern Highways Framework Three, to remodel and improve Blackburn Road in Dunstable on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council. The Company says it will be using its expertise in highway maintenance to reconstruct the carriageway, install a new drainage system and resurface […]

Suffolk County Council to consider £20m spend on roads and flooding measures

Suffolk County Council is to consider spending £20m on roads and flooding measures, despite a report showing it would need triple that amount to maintain standards. Suffolk County Council is being asked to approve £10m for more road drainage and £10m towards footpath improvements. But a report said to achieve a “steady state condition”, with […]

Permeable road surfacing project among 25 projects in England to receive government funding

A permeable road surface project is among 25 new flooding and coastal resilience projects across England that have been awarded government funding. In Slough, the project will take the innovative Chinese ‘sponge city’ concept to address the challenges of surface water and river flooding in a heavily urbanised environment. This will include permeable road surfacing, […]


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