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Full extent of Bournemouth road damage unknown

Bournemouth Borough Council has yet to establish the full scale of road surface damage caused by flash floods last week and is still receiving reports of damaged areas, NCE has learned.

Bournemouth Borough Council director of planning and transport services Mike Holmes said that engineering inspection and repair of roads will not commence until the scale of damage is confirmed.

“What we are doing at the moment is collecting data about what has happened,” he said. The two biggest road damage incidents were at Gervis Place, where a gas main was also damaged, and on Exeter Road, but the council is still receiving reports from residents of smaller areas of damage.

The road surfaces were damaged when water pressure from surface water flooding caused drainage pipes beneath the roads to fail. Manhole covers were also forced out of place by water pressure in the drains.

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