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Watch: Romford road melts in hot weather

PUBLISHED: 12:57 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 03 July 2018

A resident spotted the gooey patches of melted tar on Friday morning.

A resident spotted the gooey patches of melted tar on Friday morning.

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The hot tar has caused damage to cars driving on the road.

A resident spotted the gooey patches of melted tar on Friday morning.A resident spotted the gooey patches of melted tar on Friday morning.

A Romford resident spotted patches of a black gooey liquid on the road outside his house and it turned out that the road was melting because of the heat.

The resident who wished to remain anonymous said that his daughter got stuck in the hot tar when she was crossing the road on Friday (June 29) morning - and that residents’ didn’t have a clue what was going on.

Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.

He said that patches of a black “gooey” liquid started to appear on the surface of the road so he rang the highways department at the council to report it.

Within the hour members of the team came down to the road and were trying to work out what was happening.

Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.

They then used a single bag of ballast to cover the patches on the road, but now three days later the melted tar is still causing problems, and has damaged car tyres and wheel arches.

“It’s been leaking some kind of oil or goo for a long time.

Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.

“It’s the same in summer or winter so I don’t think it’s heat related and it’s causing damage to cars and clothes.

“Cats and dogs had tar or oil on their feet.

A resident spotted the gooey patches of melted tar on Friday morning.A resident spotted the gooey patches of melted tar on Friday morning.

“Passengers are having to climb over drivers seats that they don’t drag oil or tar into their house” he added.

Last week all over the country temperatures soared into the high 20s and the council has revealed that the road was melting in the heat.

Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.Members of the council's Highways team used a bag of ballast to try and fix the melting road.

It said that its Highways team went down to Willow Road and laid sand down to cover up the melting patches, and that there were no other reports of roads in the borough melting because of the heat.

A Council spokesperson said: “The Highways team visited Willow Street, Romford, on Friday [29 July] and found a small patch of tar in one location was melting.

“They put down some sand to ensure it didn’t stick to passing traffic or pedestrians.

“The Highways team continue to work hard to ensure the borough’s roads are maintained and deal with any issues reported by residents.”

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