Surrey has been put under a “huge” extra financial burden by the double impact of the flooding over last Christmas and this month.
That was the message from Surrey County Council as it announced the repair bill to fix Surrey’s roads and bridges affected by the floods over Christmas has spiralled to £12.5 million – without even taking account this month’s flooding.
The county council has turned to the Government with a bid for funding to help with the repairs.
The council announced the massive Christmas repair bill with its major clear-up of the 2,500 worst-affected Surrey roads underway.
Over Christmas, heavy storms and burst riverbanks, including the Mole and the Wey, left parts of East Surrey, including in Horley and Redhill, underwater.
County council teams tackled hundreds of flooded roads, plus fallen trees and damaged bridges.
And this month, the emergency services, councils, the Environment Agency and the Army helped thousands of people affected by River Thames flooding.
More than 1,000 people were rescued by Surrey firefighters.
A county council spokesman said: “Before the latest flooding began on February 9, council roads inspectors assessing damage across the county gave early estimates that the clear-up would cost around £5 million. “This has now gone up to £12.5 million, with around £800,000 alone expected to be needed to rebuild Flanchford Road bridge near Reigate.”
The county council has bid for Government funding to help repair six miles of A-roads and B-roads, plus 39 bridges.
John Furey, the county council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “The water levels from February’s flooding have only just begun to drop in Surrey, so the £12.5 million repair bill from the damage over Christmas is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Coun Furey said: “We’ll do everything we can to put things right for the residents of Surrey, but this extra financial burden is huge, so we hope our bids for Government funding are successful.”