Hundreds of calls about fallen trees and floods

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AROUND 750 calls were received by a council about weather-related problems over a fortnight, it has been revealed.

Workers at Chichester-based West Sussex County Council worked flat over Christmas and the new year period to deal with heavy rain, winds and high tides.

Of the calls received, 250 were related to flooding and a further 250 were about fallen trees.

Councillor Lionel Barnard, who oversees residents’ services, said: ‘Our staff have been tremendously busy – at all hours – dealing with the fall-out caused by the recent floods.

‘Unfortunately when you get this volume of water it has to go somewhere.

‘I can assure residents we are doing everything we can to make sure problems they have encountered are being dealt with.’

Last year, the county council launched its Operation Watershed programme.

Among its aims was a commitment to carry out over 100 drainage improvement projects at locations worst affected by floods.