Highways officers deal with over 500 incidents after Storm Ciara

Highways officers from Kent County Council dealt with over 500 enquiries over the weekend and were clearing trees between 6am on Sunday and 2am today.

Some minor roads across the county remain closed this morning (Monday) and work continues to clear fallen trees and floods.

Torrential rain on Sunday caused many main roads to be severely flooded and KCC deployed tankers to clear the water.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to our highways crews that kept as many of our roads open and safe as possible for our residents over the weekend.

“We were able to plan for what was coming and we were ready to act when the storm hit.

“Despite the huge number of calls we had coming in, our highways and chainsaw crews were able to cut back and move fallen trees.

“We appreciate there will still be some trees down and we will be out today dealing with those.

“This has been one of the worst storms that we’ve had in terms of duration and strength of the wind in recent times.

“A lot of trees will have been destabilised by the wet ground and unfortunately it will not take a lot of wind to pull more down, so we are urging people to be careful out on the roads today.

“The message is to take care and take your time and anticipate that there could be some trees down that we’re not yet aware of as well as any flooding that will still be in place in some areas.”

After a generally fine start to Monday, showers will develop or spread from the west during the morning.

They are expected to become more widespread and locally prolonged late morning and heavy showers will be accompanied by strong gusty winds, especially in coastal areas.

Gusts could reach 35-45mph and 50mph in northern parts of the counties, with coastal areas possibly seeing as high as 60-70mph.

The strong wind could include difficult driving conditions, disruption to transport and isolated power outages. There is also the potential for some coastal flooding issues due to high tides and large waves.

Warnings can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

Highways officers deal with over 500 incidents after Storm Ciara was last modified: February 11th, 2020 by Thom Morris