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Weather update: Potholes prime concern as emergency road calls continue
3:22pm Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
POTHOLE repair requests were the reason for 38 emergency calls to the Transport for Buckinghamshire Operations Hub yesterday, as the wet and windy weather continued to take its toll.
Another 14 of the calls – of which there were 70 in total – were for emergency crews to deal with surface water flooding on roads and another five were to clear fallen trees from roads.
Yesterday's call-outs bring the total flood sites attended by TfB's emergency crews since Monday, December 23, to 95, and they have also cleared 125 fallen trees.
With the weather remaining unsettled, crews are continuing to attend emergency calls across the county.
Today (Tuesday 7 January) all 20 TfB Local Area Technicians and Inspectors are scouting Buckinghamshire's roads for flooding or fallen trees, increasing emergency coverage on the entire road network.
Routine works ceased today to enable all staff to respond to call-outs. Apart from pothole repair teams, the workforce - 100 staff in two or three-man crews - has been made available for emergency responses to deal with highway flooding and fallen trees.
The three gulley emptying crews and one Super Sucker team are in operation throughout today.
Emergency responses continue to be co-ordinated 24 hours a day, by the Operational Hub based in TfB's Griffin Lane depot.
The Met Office forecast for Buckinghamshire today is - Windy, with sunshine and scattered showers. The showers will be blustery and heavy at times, sometimes prolonged and with a chance of thunder, especially this morning. This gives a risk of localised flooding.
Tonight – This evening rain will quickly spread north, becoming heavy at times and so continuing the risk of localised flooding. Later the rain moves away, with dry and clearer conditions following.
For more information on flooding in your area, call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, or visit the Environment Agency website - www.environment-agency.gov.uk To report flooded roads or fallen trees in Buckinghamshire, please call 0845 230 2882, and keep up to date with the latest alerts on Twitter - @tfbalerts
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