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WEST SUSSEX’S highways authority says it is doing ‘everything it can’ to fix potholes.

Road maintenance crews have been fixing defects at a rate of up to 1,250 potholes a week in West Sussex.

Record levels of rainfall saturated the ground around the county earlier this year, causing puddles and flooding.

This made existing potholes worse because it acts as a lubricant and breaks them up whenever vehicles pass over them.

Cllr Pieter Montyn, who heads transport for West Sussex County Council, said: ‘We are doing everything we can as an authority to repair our roads and clear the backlog of potholes that have been reported to us.

‘If you do spot a pothole, don’t assume someone else has reported it, make sure you report it to us yourself.

‘You can do this by reporting it online at westsussex.gov.uk, via the Love West Sussex smartphone app, or by calling us directly.’

The workforce includes six dedicated pothole patrol teams funded by Operation Watershed, the county council’s £8.25m initiative which is dealing with issues caused by flooding around West Sussex.

Cllr Montyn added: ‘When you send us your report, remember to give us details of its size.

‘Estimate its width and depth.’