Following the severe winter flooding that managed to wash its way through a lot of the Surrey area, the government and local councils have been ploughing funds into the county. As part of the councils proposed £23 million flood action, £2 million is to be spent on restorative measures for thirty-nine of Surrey's bridges.
"Bridges that will be revamped include the Tilford Bridge, which was built in the 13th Century and crosses the River Wey and Hampton Court Bridge" - according to a recent BBC article.
During the floods The Wey, Mole and Thames all burst their banks causing tremendous damage. Sources claim that around 1,124 people had to be rescued from their homes near the Thames which were heavily immersed in water. The floods also had a dramatic impact on businesses as well, bringing a number of them to a standstill. Redhill aerodrome, The George Abbot pub and Wraysbury Tyres were all among the company casualties - some still reeling from the hit to business.
Director John Painter of Wraysbury Tyres (speaking to getSURREY during the flood) said "Business dropped by about 50% when the water was high because people couldn't get to us. We had various types of people manning the road closed signs, some would let people through and some wouldn't."
"It did get challenging."
Facts of the Flood
Three months on challenges still remains in terms of restoring the county back to its former self. "We're doing all we can to get Surrey back to its best after flooding hammered our county, and that's why re-opening these bridges is an important milestone as we continue our £23m urgent flood damage repairs" - were the words of flooding recovery cabinet member, Council John Furey. Apart from the bridges' aesthetical premise they also hold considerable amount of historical importance as well. These sentiments were shared by Counsellor Gordon Jackson of Guildford Borough Council who said "These bridges are of great historical importance and the works have restored them both to their former glory, ensuring their future for years to come."
Origins for where the funds will actually come from haven't been ascertained as of yet, but it is assumed that a large proportion will come from the government and EU.
At present, Both Guildford and Onslow bridges have both been reopened after being damaged in the floods.
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