UPDATE: Oxford now on flood alert

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OXFORD has joined a list of areas across the county now on flood alert following yesterday’s heavy rain.

The Environment Agency has put The River Thames and tributaries, including areas between Wolvercote to Radley and Jericho, on flood alert, which means flooding is possible.

The agency said: “The River Thames has responded to yesterday’s rainfall and spilled out into the floodplain in the Oxford area.

“Levels will continue to remain high today and there may be standing water in the floodplain.

“River levels are expected to rise again in response to tonight’s forecast rainfall.”

Meanwhile, the fire service is pumping water out of The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury after the bar area was flooded.

More rain is expected later today.

  • River Cherwell from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford
  • River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy
  • Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne
  • River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon
  • Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney
  • Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village
  • Shill Brook for Bampton
  • Sor Brook and The Bloxham Brook and their tributaries
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington
  • River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • Ginge Brook for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks from Stratton Audley down to near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury

Eight homes in the Bloxham area flooded yesterday.

Meanwhile mud has closed a busy Oxfordshire road.

The B4027 in Woodeaton towards Oxford's Northern By-pass junction is shut because of the hazard.

Surface water has also been reported on the  A417 in East Challow around the Silver Lane junction, another stretch of the road which has suffered from the heavy rainfall today.

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