Storms prompt more than 500 emergency reports across Hertfordshire

More than 500 emergencies were reported across Hertfordshire during the last week of torrential rain and gale-force winds.

Hertfordshire County Council said since Monday, December 23, the it received 550 reports which were classified as emergencies and 257 non-emergency cases.

Most of the calls were about fallen trees and flooding.

Highways crews have been working on the network throughout the holiday period and remain on standby.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for Highways, said: "The high winds and heavy rain have made it difficult for Hertfordshire residents and road users. I’d like to thank the highways teams and the emergency services for their efforts to keep people safe and the traffic moving.

"Many roads around the county still have a significant amount of water on them because of the ground water levels, and with more rain forecast for next week, motorists should take care and take notice of warning signs in place."

For more information about the county’s available services during the severe weather visit www.hertsdirect.org To report a highways faults online visit www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults.

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