Funds sought for drought-damaged roads in Lincolnshire

Miles of Lincolnshire roads have crumbled as a result of drought, the county council has revealed.

The authority said about 150 locations around the county were causing considerable concern and repairs could costs millions of pounds.

Lack of moisture in the underlying soil has made it to shrink, causing the road to crack and become uneven.

The council said it had not got the money to pay for the repairs and would be asking the government for help.

It is thought the repair bill could run into millions of pounds, with the worst affected areas being Holbeach, Spalding, Boston and Bourne.

Councillor William Webb, executive member for highways and transportation, said: "Working within much reduced budgets, there is no money specifically available to address this problem, which is why we are making a direct bid to the Department for Transport.

"We want to do all we can to make sure the roads are as safe as possible for people to use."

It has been the driest year in Lincolnshire since the 1920s and drought was officially declared in June.

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