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Highways teams respond to 500 calls in 48 hours

Highways teams responded to more than 500 calls this week as Somerset was battered by severe wet and windy weather. More than 100mm of rain fell across Somerset between Saturday and Monday night – that’s more than the monthly average of 90mm for November in just 48 hours. Somerset County Council received around 420 calls […]

Gritting teams ready to react when temperature drops

As winter fast approaches, Somerset County Council’s highways team are already monitoring weather forecasts each day ready to react when temperatures plummet. This year the Council’s fleet of 23 gritters will again treat around 900 miles of road every time ice is expected, with 7,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled at depots across Somerset. Cllr David […]

Weather-related callouts and road closures

Somerset County Council’s highways team had their busiest weekend since the 2014 floods as storms caused problems on many roads across the county. On Saturday there were more than 100 weather related callouts with 40 reports of flooding in the south Somerset area alone. There were hundreds of further callouts yesterday and last night with […]

Melted road set for resurfacing

Repairs to a road in Mendip which partially melted during the recent spell of hot weather are due to take place early next week Affected by high temperatures and the intensity of the summer sun, the road at Tor Hole Road near Chewton Mendip softened and became pliable, causing the surface to lose grip. Highways […]

Keep cool and carry on

With hot weather expected over the next few days, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours. The Met Office has issued a Heat Health Alert Level 2 for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Forecasters have stated there is a 60 per cent risk of a heatwave […]

From ice to wind and back – all in a week’s work for Highways teams

It’s been a busy week for Somerset County Council’s Highways teams with a variety of challenges caused by the weather. On Tuesday night, the team was in winter response mode, working through the night to grit around 900 miles of highway across the county as temperatures plummeted and snow fell on higher ground. Then the […]