MORE THAN 450 calls were made to Island Roads in just 24 hours last night (Monday) — reporting flooded roads, fallen trees and landslips — as the Isle of Wight was battered by heavy rain and gale force winds.
Highways staff and contractors worked around the clock to distribute sandbags and clear debris from the roads, after the storm brought down power lines and caused flooding across the Island.
Island Roads' new flood response unit was dispatched to help the Environment Agency and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, which was called to pump out a number of flooded properties.
Coppins Bridge came close to bursting its banks and there was severe flooding in Pan, Newport, the Monktonmead area of Ryde and Carisbrooke.
Island Roads' director Paul Herbert said: "The combination of strong winds, heavy rain and high tides created some extremely difficult conditions throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning. Our employees said the conditions were the worst they could remember.
"Despite a great deal of preparation and planning, the sheer force of the weather front meant our crews, along with the Environment Agency, fire and police, were stretched to the limit. Many staff gave up their own time or worked excess hours to try to keep the network open. Nevertheless there was significant disruption, which is particularly regrettable at this time of year, and our sympathies go out to those affected.
"I would like to thank all Island Roads staff for their professionalism and dedication."