THE battle to restore the Isle of Wight's storm-damaged roads and prepare them for winter has been described as a 'colossal task' by Island Roads.
The company said flooding had taken its toll and they were working to repair the worst affected areas, while continuing the long-term improvements.
Operations manager Steve Jenkins said: "To respond to these challenges, and alongside its existing practices, Island Roads will be bringing in additional resources and specialist equipment to enable us to target the worst of these defects.
"We are working extremely hard to prioritise and tackle these repairs and at the same time continuing with our scheduled programme of work to upgrade, maintain and manage the highway network.
"We received in the region of 200 calls to report potholes alone in the two weeks since the beginning of the new year and are dealing with in the region of 1,500 different defects each month alongside our continuing work to undertake street and gully cleansing, drainage, hedge cutting, signage, lighting installation, pavement works, road surfacing and other planned activity.
"With the prospect of colder weather ahead, which will cause saturated ground to freeze and expand any defects, potentially weakening the roads further, we are committed to doing our upmost to treat as many of these as possible.
"It is a colossal task and we appeal to residents to be patient with is as we undertake this extensive programme of work."