EFFORTS to repair potholes across Worcestershire are being increased in a bid to fix problems caused by recent flooding and severe weather.

Worcestershire County Council is expanding the number of pothole repair teams out and about over the next few weeks and will pump in about £700,000 as a priority to fix inevitable problems caused by the recent severe weather and flooding.

A total of 23 teams - nine more than usual - are now tackling highways defects and inspections have also increased. Over the last two weeks about 850 potholes have been repaired and the number over the next fortnight is expected to rise.

Council officers say severe rain experienced this winter, rather than ice and snow, will have caused damage to road surfaces.

Conservative councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "We've now entered the recovery phase of the flooding operation. Unfortunately, the recent severe weather experienced will lead to an increase in potholes on our roads. We recognise that and how important it is to fix any problems as quickly as possible, which is why we've put extra teams in place.

"Inspections will also ramp up but everyone can play a part. I'd urge anyone that does spot a problem to let us know where there's an issue."

Residents can report potholes on the council's website at worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit