Councils call for flooding funds

Councils call for flooding funds

The Department of Transport has been urged to create a highways maintenance emergency fund after the recent deluge of bad weather and flooding.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said flooding has left behind a trail of destruction to infrastructure and more damage to already dilapidated highways.

A similar fund to help councils out with cash for emergency and unforeseeable capital works to their local roads network was set up in 2007 after similar scale flooding.

The LGA added that the Bellwin Scheme only goes so far and warned that crucial investment in local growth and infrastructure schemes may be hit if the Government does not help cover the cost of flood-related repairs.

Mike Jones, the LGA's environment and housing board chairman, said: "Councils have worked round-the-clock since the bad weather began last month to protect residents and minimise disruption and will continue to help those who remain affected by flooding.

"We are already facinng a £10.5 billion repair backlog to bring our highways up to scratch and the damage to our roads by this recent flooding will be considerable and costly."

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