Oxfordshire flooding updates

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Road closures are currently in place at:
Crawley - Dry Lane
Drayton St Leonard - main street through village
Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn
Islip - Lower Road
Islip - Mill Street
Kidlington - Evans Lane and Queens Avenue
Oxford - Abingdon Road
Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and New Hinksey school)
Oxford - Old Abingdon Road
Sonnning Eye - Playhatch Road (B478)
South Hinksey - Manor Road
Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
Wolvercote - Godstow Road

6:36am

All roads closed because of the flooding last night remain closed including Abingdon Road, Ferry Hinksey Lane and Binsey Lane.
Botley Road is still open but heavily flooded so drivers are advised to drive slowly.
The Seacourt park and ride remains closed. Updates to follow throughtout the day.

11:54pm

TRAIN services between Oxford and Didcot are expected to operate to modified timetables due to flooding of the tracks near Kennington until about 5.30pm tomorrow, according to First Great Western.

Passengers are advised to check for details of which services will be running tomorrow online at firstgreatwestern.co.uk or crosscountrytrains.co.uk or call 08457 484950.

10:34pm

Oxfordshire County Council not able to say tonight if Abingdon Road will be open tomorrow or when the High Street traffic cameras will then be switched back to operational

10:00pm

Update from fire service: Crews are still pumping water out in Abingdon Road and sandbags are still being delivered across the county. Water levels are still rising in the areas being monitored by the fire service.

9:31pm

Oxfordshire County Council put out another reminder that Abingdon Road is shut - reading between the lines looks like some motorists have been trying to get through. Causes bow waves and adds to problems for householders

9:29pm

Flood Warning update:

Thames - at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham

9:25pm

More good news: Clanfield, Langford and Wendlebury brooks all off Fllod Alert now

8:40pm

The sand and bag workers are still at PC World in Botley Road

8:39pm

Hello to the lads we saw in Ferry Hinksey Road tonight who said they were fans of the blog.

8:15pm

One important announcement for going forward tomorrow - we are likely to start a new Live Blog page. Some users have had a problem with the speed of this page loading because of all the content and pix on it. We didn't change it today as many of you will have bookmarked this one so it would have got a bit confusing. But, from tomorrow morning, please go to the homepage www.oxfordmail.co.uk and click through on the Live Blog at the top of that page

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Here's what Oxfordshire County Council currently have listed as road closures

Road closures are currently in place at:

  • Crawley - Dry Lane
  • Culham - Tollgate Road
  • Drayton St Leonard - main street through village
  • Islip - Merton to Oddington Turn
  • Islip - Lower Road
  • Islip - Mill Street
  • Kidlington - Evans Lane and Queens Avenue
  • Oxford - Abingdon Road
  • Oxford - Ferry Hinksey Road (access only to Electric Avenue and New Hinksey school)
  • Oxford - Old Abingdon Road
  • Sonnning Eye - Playhatch Road (B478)
  • South Hinksey - Manor Road
  • Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon Road
  • Wolvercote - Godstow Road

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Flood Alerts

  • Cherwell - and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton
  • Cherwell - and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • Windrush - from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • Thames - and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • Thames - and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • Thames - Abingdon area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • Thames - and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • Ock - Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney
  • Evenlode - Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • Ray - and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott
  • Thame - from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton
  • Clanfield Brook - Clanfield Village and the Shill Brook for Bampton
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks - and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury

Flood Alert means flooding is possibly and you should be prepared

7:58pm

Right, the current Flood Warning and Flood Alert picture is as follows:

Flood Warnings

  • Cherwell - Cherwell Bridge to the Thames confluence north of New Hinksey, including parts of Summertown, New Marston and Magdalen Bridge areas
  • Thames - from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • Thames - between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • Thames - and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
  • Thames - and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • Thames - and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
  • Thames - at Kennington
  • Thames - at Culham
  • Thames - at Abingdon
  • Thames - from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • Thame - in the Dorchester and Overy areas

Flood Warnings mean flooding is likely and to take action

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7:02pm

Culham Bridge closed due to flooding between A415 Abingdon Road and Appleford Road.

6:49pm

Good news: Flood Warnings on the Windrush at Witney and Ducklington and the Cherwell at Lower Heyford down to Cherwell Bridge have been lifted in the last few minutes by the Environment Agency.

 

6:35pm

Oxford City’s FA trophy match against Bishop’s Stortford was called off today because of flooding.

The game was due to be played last night at the club’s Court Place Farm ground in Marsh Lane, Marston, but was cancelled at lunchtime.
 

6:34pm

Old Prebendal Nursing Home in Shipton-under-Wychwood has re-opened.

All 33 residents, some in their 90s, were evacuated on Thursday night following fears the home would flood as heavy rainfall battered the county.

They returned to the home this afternoon.

6:34pm

Abingdon Vale Cricket Club has cancelled its AGM because of flooding.
The club was due to hold the meeting on Thursday  in Culham Road

6:31pm

Checking the Environment Agency site and the Thames at Abingdon Lock is high.

The EA says: The river level at Abingdon Lock is 0.52 metres.

This measurement was recorded at 16:45 on 27/11/2012.

The typical river level range for this location is between 0.00 metres and 0.17 metres.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 0.51 metres and the river level reached 0.49 metres on 28/07/2007.

5:45pm

Is this the picture of the day?

5:41pm

Due to the flooding in and around Oxford City Centre, Oxford Bus company has said services are being diverted.

All buses will pick up from their normal stops in Oxford city centre before taking their diversionary routes.

The roads that are currently closed are Evans Lane in Kidlington, Kennington Road through Kennington Village and the Abingdon Road.

The services that are on diversion are:

  • City2, city 2A- will serve the Moors to the High Street. Evans Lane and Mill Street will not be served.
  • City35- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride. It will divert via Old Boars Hill to Bagley Wood Road then Kennington Road where the normal route will resume.
  • CityX3, cityX13- will serve St Aldates, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge park&ride where the  normal route will resume.
  • Park&ride 300- will run from St Aldate's, Iffley Road, Ring Road to Redbridge.
  • The park & ride 400 service is still running to Seacourt even though the car park is closed.

5:00pm

Some additional train information we've been pointed to by Anna Laney:

Flooding is causing disruption in the Oxford area.

Because of this, the following changes apply until further notice:

  • the 01 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington services are cancelled
  • the 50 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford services are cancelled
  • the 37 minutes past the hour Oxford to London Paddington will start at Didcot Parkway
  • the 57 minutes past the hour London Paddington to Oxford will terminate at Didcot Parkway

4:44pm

Both First Great Western and CrossCountry are saying delays currently of half an hour in the county due to flooding

4:36pm

Old Prebendal Nursing Home in Shipton-under-Wychwood has re-opened.

All 33 residents, some in their 90s, were evacuated on Thursday night.

They have now returned to the home.

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4:26pm

Thames Valley Police have just sent out an alert that Botley Road in Oxford may shut soon.

The alert said: "It is anticipated that the Botley Road may well have to be closed later today as there are signs of flood water starting to cover the carriageway near to the McDonalds restaurant. The road remains open and passable at this time."

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Latest weather forecast from Met Office is just showing cloud for the rest of the day and tomorrow. Sunny intervals on Thursday.

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Mill Street in Kidlington is being re-opened. Flood boards will remain in place for now as a precaution

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3:07pm

Ferry Hinksey Road due to close soon because of flooding

3:07pm

New sandbag location in Marsh Road, East Oxford

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Extra 50 images now online in our flooding picture gallery

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1:43pm

Further to the suspension of the traffic ban in The High, drivers must note, Castle Street, George Street and Magdalen Street East and West bus gate cameras are still in operation.

Only High Street cameras have been suspended to enable traffic through.

1:40pm

HOMES have today been evacuated in West Oxford as floodwaters continued to rise this morning.

Firefighters carried children across the flooding in front of their homes at Osney Court on Botley Road.

Osney Court resident Carly Perkins, 32, said her five children between the ages of four and 15 were going to stay at their grandparents.

“I couldn’t get them to school this morning without them getting wet. I have to stay and look after the dog though,” Ms Perkins said.

“We are not flooded at the moment because the houses are raised but it is kicking the kids out their home.”


Ms Perkin’s 12-year-old daughter Re-ne said: “It is funny but annoying. I remember the last floods in 2007 though and they were worse.”

Oxford Mail: Re-ne Perkins, 12, and her sister Cacia, seven

  • Re-ne and her sister Cacia

1:13pm

http://voyager.oxfordshire.gov.uk/map.aspx Interesting map from county council on traffic congestion and problems. Takes a wee while to load but worth a look if you're travelling

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Homes in Osney Court, West Oxford being evacuated by firefighters

12:52pm

The daytime ban on private vehicles in High Street, Oxford has been lifted due to the closure of Abingdon Road, Oxfordshire County Council telling us

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We've just released more flooding pictures in our online gallery 

12:19pm

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12:09pm

Emergency teams are working to keep the flood waters away from Botley Road in Oxford.

Twelve Environment Agency ambassadors are going out in Oxford along Abingdon Road and all the roads off it.

Concern is for Abingdon Road – Highways Agency closed it last night and the fire service are there now.

Officers from the city council's Direct Services team deployed the six-inch pump overnight at Bullstake Close in west Oxford to pump water away from properties. 

A team of officers at the street with numerous pumps on site to ensure that properties aren't flooded and that Botley Road is kept safe.

According to the Environment Agency there are 5 flood warnings in place in the Oxford area.

The river Thames is still rising slightly and is expected to do so for the next 48 hours, remaining high over the weekend.

The Windrush and the Evenlode remain high but are now stabilising, but this will continue to influence the rate of fall on the Thames. The lower river Cherwell remains high in the Oxford area.

There is one confirmed property flooded in Witney.

Low rainfall is predicted for Tuesday, November 27 across the south east Region (average 2mm daily total, maximum 6-7mm).

Low rainfall forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (average 0mm increasing from 4 to 8mm maximum).

Pumps are going to Purley – Chestnut Road and  Wintringham Way and one six inch pump has gone to Duke Street Oxford, where there is water on the road.

12:04pm

Environment Agency is now predicting flood levels may hit the 2003 flood levels but not the 2007 one.

A spokesman has just told us: "There are 5 flood warnings in place in the Oxford area. The river Thames is still rising slightly and is expected to do so for the next 48 hours, remaining high over the weekend.

 

"In Oxford levels may be similar to 2003 but we do not think they will be as high as in July 2007. In 2003, 123 properties flooded in Oxford. Since then we have carried out significant work to improve the performance of channels and have demountable defences in place at key locations. The forecast currently shows that the highest level in Oxford will be recorded on Wednesday 28 November.

"The Windrush and the Evenlode remain high but are now stabilising (this will continue to influence the rate of fall on the Thames). The lower river Cherwell remains high in the Oxford area.

There is one confirmed property flooded in Witney.

"Low rainfall is predicted for Tuesday 27 November across SE Region (average 2mm daily total, maximum 6-7mm). Low rainfall forecast for Wed, Thurs and Fri (average 0mm increasing from 4 to 8mm maximum)."

11:53am

Environment Agency has revised its position on the River Windrush in Witney.

Initially they feared it would continue to rise in the next 48 hours.

But it has now said the River Windrush, along with the River Evenlode in West Oxfordshire, have stabilisied.

The current river level according to the measuring station is 9cm below yesterday's peak.

11:39am

Just following up those two short updates with fuller information from the Environment Agency:

The Environment Agency has said that the Thames is expected to rise for the next two days.

Currently there are nine flood warnings out for the river through Oxfordshire, they are:

Tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford.

  • Abingdon.
  • Tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford.
  • And tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford.
  • Days Lock down to South Stoke.
  • Tributaries at Kennington near Oxford.
  • And between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford.

 

Residents in west Oxford in particular asked to be vigilant and prepare for possible flooding.

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Environment Agency is saying the Thames is expected to continue to rise for the next two days.

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An update from the MET Office:

Rainfall figures over the last 24 hours have been a steady 5ml across Oxfordshire.

The wet weather should start to give way for colder conditions from noon today, with scattered showers.

Temperatures are set to drop to about eight or nine degrees and Oxfordshire should be mostly dry until the weekend.

10:56am

Redbridge waste recycling centre has been closed due to no access via the Abingdon Road.

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Apparently there's now a big speed increase on Kennington trains: 5mph is now allowed!!

9:52am

Trains travelling at 3mph an hour through Kennington due to flooding, train manager has just said

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9:50am

Oxford Mail: Firefighters help drivers in Abingdon Road

9:47am

Binsey Lane in Oxford and Manor Road, South Hinksey have now been closed due to flooding. 

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Oxford Mail: An rd 2012

 

9:29am

Network Rail has begun cancelled trains in the Oxford area due to the weather problems.

Spokesman John Baker said train services have been reduced across Oxfordshire today.
“Water levels have continued to rise slowly overnight on the main lines at Hinksey.
“The watchman on site reports that water is 50mm below the railhead on the up line and 35 mm below the railhead on the down line.
"There is a track circuit failure on the down line and trains are running at 5 mph on the up line."

FGW fast Oxford to Paddington services, xx01 from Oxford and xx50 from Paddington, are suspended and likely to reduce the class 2 service between Didcot and Oxford.
Alternative travel on CrossCountry is advised.

The Environment Agency duty officer advises that the three local streams in the Hinksey area are ‘starting to stabilise’ and the levels in the tributaries north of Oxford are starting to fall.

Mr Baker said: “Therefore, if water levels remain stable, the line will remain open, but likely to be operating at restricted capacity for some time, possibly all day today.”

9:29am

Oxford Mail: Ab rd 2 nov 2912

Firefighters doing good work at Abingdon Road

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Abingdon Road, Oxford this morning

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Abingdon Road, Oxford this morning

9:26am

Oxford Mail: Ab rd 1 nov 2012

 

9:03am

Current met office forecast is heavy rain at some point before 12 for Oxford

 

8:52am

First Great Western is reporting major disruptions to the Paddington to Oxford service.

Delays are stretching from the line at Banbury through Oxford, Radley, along to Didcot Parkway.

Elsewhere fire crews are now filling sandbags at Redbridge Park & Ride for residents in need.

8:52am

Oxford rail passengers are facing delays.
Network Rail said flooding in the Oxford area is causing huge disruptions on London and Reading-bound trains.
Currently a 30 minute wait is in place for trains leaving for Reading, which will continue until further notice.

8:31am

The following bus diversions are in place due to flooding.

Route 2 is unable to serve Mill Street or Evans Lane in Kidlington. Routes 2/2A are running via High Street, The Moors and Banbury Road instead.

Route 16 is avoiding Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge and instead running via Iffley Road.

Route 31/31 is also diverted via Iffley Road.

8:24am

 Two Oxfordshire schools have been closed so far this morning due to flooding.

North Hinksey Church of England Primary School and St Ebbe's Church of England Primary School are both shut, but expected to reopen tomorrow.

8:24am

Queen's College Sports Ground completely flooded.

7:52am

Dry Lane in Crawley, north of Witney, is closed due to flooding at Leafield Road / Farm Lane / Witney Hill / Foxburrow Lane.

7:51am

Queens Avenue in Kidlington is closed due to flooding around Cherwell Avenue.

7:50am

 The Abingdon Road has been closed this morning due to heavy flooding.

The A4144 is currently shut both ways closed due to surface water between Kineton Road and A423 Southern By-Pass Road, Kennington Roundabout.

Flood water is also affecting B4495 Donnington Bridge Road both ways between A4144 Abingdon Road and Meadow Lane.

 

Botley Road remains open, but the fire service is currently assessing whether it also needs to close.

Oxford City Council is reporting that no properties in the city have been flooded over night, but firefighters have had to pump water away from Bullstake close.

 

The A329 in Drayton St Leonard has been closed up to the Drayton St Leonard junction, because of flooding.


High water levels have also been recorded in Bridge Street in Witney, but the road remains open.

7:05am

 Seacourt park and ride is closed this morning due to flooding overnight.

Oxford County Council announced the closure on its website at 4am this morning.

The park and ride will be shut for the whole of the day.

More details to follow throughout the day.

6:40am

Abingdon Road and parts of Donnington Bridge Road and Weirs Lane in Oxford are closed to traffic this morning because of flooding from the River Thames.

The closure of Abingdon Road applies from the A423 Southern Bypass at Kennington roundabout to Kineton Road in Grandpont. 

 

 

11:50pm

More images in our online picture gallery

11:08pm

Due to flooded roads in Kidlington, buses on routes 2 and 2A, operated by Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus Company are subject to diversions.

Route 2 buses cannot serve Mill Street or Evans Lane and buses on this route and on route 2A are running via High Street, The Moors and Banbury Road instead.

11:03pm

Loose sand and bags to fill are available for West Oxfordshire householders at the following locations in the district: 

  • Ascott-under-Wychwood: The car park at the Tiddy Hall, in Shipton Road
  • Burford: The recreation ground car park, off Tanners Lane
  • Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club car park, in Ticknell Piece Road
  • Clanfield: The car park next to the Carter Institute, in Main Road

  • Milton-under-Wychwood: The car park at the village hall, in Shipton Road

10:44pm

The River Cherwell has tonight been put on flood warning through Oxford to its confluence with the River Thames.

Flooding can be expected on the stretch of the river from Cherwell Bridge, near Kidlington, through the city, including parts of Summertown, New Marston and the area around Magdalen Bridge.

10:28pm

As of 10pm, the following flood warnings are in force in the Oxfordshire area


·         River Thames at Wolvercote
·         River Thames at Culham
·         River Thames at Abingdon
·         River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to Cherwell Bridge.
·         River Thame at Dorchester.
·         River Thames and tributaries at Kennington.
·         River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford.
·         River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford.
·         River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford.
·         River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford.
·         River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke.
·         River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington.

8:23pm

A flood warning for the River Thames at Culham has been added to the Environment Agency's list of warnings and alerts..

6:39pm

An emergency rest centre has been set up at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, in Blackbird Leys Road, for victims of flooding.

All activities and bookings have been cancelled at the centre while the flood alert remains in the city.

Sand and bags is available for residents from PC World on Botley Road and Redbridge Park and Ride on the Abingdon Road and stocks have been replenished throughout the day.

Oxford City Council said it would continue to monitor the situation overnight.

5:52pm

Map for confirmed locations for sandbags from Oxfordshire County Council

5:31pm

Oxfordshire County Council says residents may face having to leave their homes in the next 24 hours.

It has said: "All property owners, particularly those who have property in the floodplain and close to watercourses, are urged to take action to protect property from flooding.

"It is possible that some householders will be advised to leave in the next 24 hours.

"If this happens, you will be advised to leave your home by members of the emergency services or council staff who will visit homes door to door.
Rest centres will be set up nearby to accommodate people who have been advised to leave their homes. Residents will be told the location of the rest centre at the time they are advised to leave their homes and offered help if necessary.

"There is no need to leave your home unless you are specifically advised to do so. However people should continue to be vigilant throughout the county and consider their own safety."

5:26pm

The AA said it has attended around 80 breakdowns in Oxfordshire so far today and helped a handful of cars driven through or stuck in flood water.

Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations, said: “Drivers of four-wheel-drive vehicles are not immune from the risks either as the air intake is normally in the same relative position as on any other car – just behind the bumper – so if you enter water that’s too deep or too fast, you still risk swamping it and destroying the engine or being swept away.

5:25pm

Looks like Witney may have avoided largescale flooding problems but an interesting reading from the Environment Agency that the Windrush level has been measured at 1.97m.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 1.34m and the river level reached 1.34m on 15/12/2008.

3:57pm

Homes in Witney have been evacuated as Witney prepares for flooding as the River Windrush has burst its banks.

Several residents from Riverside Gardens have gone to Langdale Hall and dozens of residents, who have sandbagged their Bridge Street homes, are waiting for news.

Riverside resident, Jenny Marsh, 71, said: "We have been putting more sandbags down and we have been watching the river with trepidation. The river level was on 8 at 8-o’clock this morning. By 11am, it had come up to 9 and is now on 10.

"I am on the ground floor, and of course I am concerned."

Witney Town councillor Alan Beames said: "The water level rose this morning, but since about 12-o'clock I have not seen it rise. But the water is flowing through fast."

The Town Clerk made the Langdale Hall available this morning as a refuge for people to go to if there was a need for them to be moved out. He said several residents of Riverside Gardens had been moved to Langdale Hall.

3:25pm

A flood defence barrier has been installed at the bottom of the Kennington slip road to prevent drivers entering Kennington and Radley.

The Highways Agency is on scene and assisting drivers to find alternate routes.

The Vale of the White Horse District council said the barriers had been put up to protect homes in the region.

The council said it could no longer guarantee the supply of sandbags to any premises, and residents and property owners are being strongly advised to make their own arrangements to protect their property, particularly if they live in within a flood plain or if they know their property is susceptible to flooding.

3:11pm

The River Thames in Abingdon is the latest river to be put on flood warning by the Environment Agency.

3:11pm

Reports of flooding in Witney High Street has prompted businesses to take emergency action.

Martin and Co lettings agents has moved all of its equipment  from the ground floor in anticipation.

Owner Andrew Ramsay the six-strong team were prepared for the worst with waters about 200 yards away from the building.

3:03pm

Kennington slip road will close this afternoon to allow a flood barrier to be installed, according to Vale of the White Horse District Council.

Drivers have been told to use alternative routes.

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2:56pm

Witney Town Council is putting residents whose homes are being evacuated will be  put up at Langdale Hall

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Reports coming in that Witney suffering bad flooding in Bridge Street, West End and Mill Street and homes evacuated

2:34pm

Oxford Mail: flood osney 2

Environment Agency staff putting together flood barriers this afternoon. Picture from Oxford Mail sports reporter Nick Farrant

2:31pm

Oxford Mail: flood osney

Environment Agency staff putting in flood barriers at Osney Island, Oxford

2:20pm

A public safety warning has been issued for Witney due to concerns of flooding from nearby rivers.

Thames Valley Police has closed the footpaths at Langdale Common which link the Cogges area to the town centre.

The closures, at both ends of the footpath, have been put in place today at 12.32pm and will remain in effect until concerns of danger to public are no longer significant.

Sgt Philip Hampton said: "There is no need for undue panic, however, we advise the public to pay attention to police barriers at the public footpath and not attempt to cross the official police closures for their own safety. They should find alternative routes."

2:17pm

Current update from Environment Agency. There are nine flood warning in place for residents living near rivers in Oxfordshire:

  • River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to Cherwell Bridge.
  • River Thame at Dorchester.
  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington.
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford.
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford.
  • River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford.
  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford.
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke.
  • River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington.

The Environment Agency has urged Oxfordshire residents to be prepared for flooding with up to 25mm of rain expected in some parts of the region over the next 24 hours.

The rain will fall onto ground that is already saturated and rivers that are already swollen, increasing the risk of further flooding.

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The Environment Agency has a load of other interesting readings across our county. The link is environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/136497.aspx

1:15pm

The Cherwell level at Thrupp is 2.81m. It reached 3.35m on 22/07/2007.

At Enslow Weir B it is 1.56m. The river level reached 0.95m on 22/07/2007.

The river level at Heyford Bridge is 1.98m. It reached 2.57m on 21/07/2007.

1:15pm

The Cherwell level at Thrupp is 2.81m. It reached 3.35m on 22/07/2007.

At Enslow Weir B it is 1.56m. The river level reached 0.95m on 22/07/2007.

The river level at Heyford Bridge is 1.98m. It reached 2.57m on 21/07/2007.

1:12pm

Some Thames readings from the Environment Agency. At Iffley Lock the Thames was 0.63m, when the usual range is 0-0.22m. July 2007 saw it at 0.78m.

At Abingdon Lock the river level 0.30m. The river level reached 0.49 metres on 28/07/2007.

Culham Lock is 0.90m. The river level reached 1.98 metres on 07/08/2008.

Clifton Lock is 1.37m. The river level reached 1.54 metres on 26/07/2007.

Days Lock is 0.99 m. The river level reached 1.27 metres on 26/07/2007.

1:03pm

Environment Agency stat shows that the Cherwell at Kings Mill in Oxford is 1cm higher than during the July 2007 floods.

It says: The river level at Kings Mill is 2.59 metres.

This measurement was recorded at 12:00 on 26/11/2012.

The typical river level range for this location is between 1.63 metres and 2.07 metres.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 2.69 metres and the river level reached 2.58 metres on 23/07/2007.

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12:02pm

The Environment Agency has released data showing 13 commercial and residential properties in Oxfordshire have had confirmed internal flooding.

Seven properties were affected in Bloxham, four in Adderbury, and one each in Wendlebury and Banbury.

11:59am

Oxford City Council has issued a statement in response to the flooding. It said a flood barrier had been erected behind properties at Bullstake Close in West Oxford and officers from Direct Services were monitoring the situation.

The flood barrier in Lake Street is currently being put up by the Environment Agency with support from city council officers.

Sand and bags will be available for residents from PC World on Botley Road and Redbridge Park and Ride on the Abingdon Road.

The countywide emergency planning team is also involved in the operation.

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11:52am

Cherwell District Council has said it car parks at Spiceball North, Spiceball Park Road and the Mill are all currently closed due to the floods.

 

The Riverside and Chamberlaine Court car parks are open.

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11:31am

The Environment Agency is putting up demountable flood defence barriers in five locations in Oxford; along Abingdon Road, East Street, Vicarage Road, Grandpont, and Lake Street.

Sand and bags will also be available from PC World in Botley Road, and Bullstake Close.

10:57am

A narrowboat just north of Godstow Lock broke from its moorings and swept down the River Thames before smashing into the bridge by the Trout pub and sinking out of sight overnight

10:46am

Met office spokeswoman Sarah Holland: "Oxfordshire didn't see much rainfall overnight but is on the edge of the rain warning for today. Expect between 10 to 20mm of rain today, possibly a little more.
“On the plus side you should be seeing the last of the rain today as clearer conditions move in."

10:46am

The A44 Woodstock Road is affected in both directions in Begbroke at the Spring Hill Road junction, because of flooding.

 

And High Street Clifton Hampden has also been closed both ways between A415 Abingdon Road and Didcot Road.

10:14am

People are reported as turning back on the road from to Wytham to Wolvercote, which is said to be becoming impassable.

10:03am

The River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford now on flood warning.

10:02am

According to the Met Office, Bicester recorded 5.4mm of rain, while Wallingford recorded 8mm of rain overnight.

South Oxfordshire District Council has issued a warning on the provision of sandbags.

In Dorchester 29 properties are at risk of flooding, according to the Environment Agency.

10:00am

Vale of the White Horse District Council has said anyone who is parked in Rye Farm or Hales Meadow car parks in Abingdon is advised to move their car to the multi-storey as soon as possible.

9:43am

The River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick is now on flood warning. Means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken

9:16am

River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford is now on flood warning. Means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken 

9:05am

River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford now on flood warning. Means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken 

8:47am

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue went to a single flooding incident last night, a property in Mill Road in Marcham at 7.33pm.

8:47am

The B4035 Main Road in Broughton, both ways at Wykham Lane, is described as 'just passable' of because of flooding.

 

Oxfordshire County Council said a significant number of properties are now at risk of river flooding, and has advised residents start planning ahead.

8:45am

Flood warning issued for River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford. Means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken

8:24am

Emergency workers at Oxfordshire County Council have delivered more than 4,500 sandbags over the past few days 

8:24am

Motorists are warned both the A44 at Sandy Lane, Yarnton and the A40 between Thornhill Park and Ride have a lot of surface water.

8:23am

Heavy rain is continuing to fall in Oxfordshire. Up to 30mm is expected today.

Do you know of any flooding or weather-related problems? Call our newsdesk on 01865 425500 or email our newsdesk.

Send any pictures to our picturedesk.

8:20am

The Environment Agency has this morning said more flood warnings could be on the way for Oxfordshire. 

A spokesman said the River Thames was rising.

He said: "We are likely to see water levels go up further on the River Thames over the next few days.

"We are likely to see some of the urban flood plains starting to flood now."

The Environment Agency opened a newly-revamped incident room at Wallingford earlier this month.

It has now been open round-the-clock for five days in a row. 

8:16am

Flood alerts, which mean flooding is possible, in place in Oxfordshire this morning are: 

 

  • River Thames and Tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • River Thames for the Abingdon Area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney
  • Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village and the Shill Brook for Bampton
  • Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay
  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester
  • Sor and Bloxham brooks
  • Chalgrove Brook
  • Letcombe Brook
  • River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock

8:04am

Four stretches of river through Oxfordshire remain on flood warning this morning.

The warning means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken.

The areas affected are: 

  • River Thame at Dorchester
  • River Cherwell from Lower Heyford to Cherwell Bridge
  • River Thames from Newbridge to King's Lock
  • River Thames from Buscot Wick to Shifford

A string of other waterways through Oxfordshire remain on flood alert. 

8:01am

MONDAY:

Large amounts of surface water on Oxfordshire's roads this morning as heavy rain continues to deluge the county. 

The High Street in Clifton Hampden and the B4027 in Islip are suffering severe flooding.

First Great Western trains through Didcot are experiencing delays of 30 minutes due to the weather.

8:09pm

The county council has sent more than 200 sandbags to Dorchester amid fears of flooding

7:52pm

A FLOOD warning has been issued tonight for the River Thame at Dorchester and Overy.

Properties close to the river can be expected to suffer flooding.

5:59pm

Reports of five homes flooded in Dog Close, Adderbury

2:03pm

ANOTHER Oxfordshire waterway has been put on flood alert by the Environment Agency.

Sor Brook and the Bloxham Brook and their tributaries from Horley and Bloxham to and including Adderbury have been included in the list of 16 waterways in Oxfordshire which are already on the list.

A flood alert means flooding in the area is possible and residents should be prepared.

2:02pm

The B4027 Wheatley Road is closed due to flooding between Bridge Street in Islip and Bayswater Road, Beckley.

1:19pm

The River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to Cherwell Bridge has also just been put on Flood Warning by the Environment Agency.

The warning, which included Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle, means flooding of properties is expect and immediate action is required.

The agency said: “Rivers levels on the River Cherwell have risen again in response to the rainfall which has fallen overnight and this morning.

“Property flooding can be expected for those properties close to the river as a result."

1:17pm

Train service affected by floods, according to First Great Western staff. Can't get trains to correct locations so give yourself extra travelling time

1:12pm

THE River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock has been put on Flood Warning by the Environment Agency.

 

The warning, which covers Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton, means flooding is expected. and immediate action is required.

The agency said: “The River Thames is high in the Northmoor area and river levels are still rising slowly.

 

“Property flooding may occur in area and the Bablock Hythe static home site.

“The weather prospects are for further showers through the day with a band of heavy rain through Sunday evening until the early hours of Monday.


“There will be scattered showers falling throughout the rest of Monday.”

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10:47am

COTSWOLD Line passenger trains between Oxford and Worcester resume after an inspection train passes safely through a section of the line affected by flooding at Moreton-in-Marsh station in Gloucestershire.

10:25am

The county council says it has received around 35 calls overnight and early this morning relating to highway flooding or fallen trees/branches.

Teams have attended incidents relating to trees at the B480 Watlington; A338 West Hanney; B481 Nettlebed; A415 between Abingdon and Culham; B4019 between Faringdon and Coleshill; A422 at Wroxton; Hopcross Holt, Steeple Aston; Cumnor Road, Farmoor; A415 Kingston Bagpuize; Fulscot Bridge, Didcot and B481 at Nettlebed

10:22am

Forecasters say tonight's rain could give around 10mm, perhaps as high as 15mm.

Then tomorrow, there is a band of heavy showers which could affect Oxfordshire, especially towards the south of the county, and they could be slow moving.

Met Office experts said this could give a further 20 to 30mm.

10:20am

FIREFIGHTERS attended five flood-related incidents overnight across Oxfordshire overnight.

They are currently in Bladon where they are pumping water out of a house.

Firefighters also went to Fewcott where they helped with sandbagging, Swerford where they helped move furniture and Field Assarts where they gave advice on moving furniture.

Just over 22mm of rain fell at the Met Office’s weather station at Brize Norton in the 24 hours leading up to 8am this morning.

A Met Office spokesman said that while this was not a “massive” amount of rain, the problems with flooding had been caused by ground saturation rather than the quantity of rain.
 

Forecasts indicate there will be heavy rain in Oxfordshire again from 6pm tonight.

9:27am

Met Office forecast is heavy rain tonight

9:25am

Send any news of flooding incidents to us via news@oxfordmail.co.uk or picturedesk@oxfordmail.co.uk

9:21am

Flood Alerts this morning. Flood Alerts are where flooding is possible

  • River Thames and Tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho
  • River Thames for the Abingdon Area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton
  • Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village and the Shill Brook for Bampton
  • Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay
  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury

9:16am

TRAINS between Oxford and Worcester along the Cotswold Line through West Oxfordshire have been suspended this morning due to flooding.

The line is blocked at Moreton-in-Marsh, in Gloucestershire, after heavy rain yesterday and overnight raised water levels in the River Evenlode, which runs alongside and under the railway at several places between Moreton-in-Marsh and Hanborough.

9:00am

The Thames remains on Flood Warning in the west, says the Environment Agency, from Flood Warning from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area.

Flood Warning means flooding expected

8:51am

Overnight briefing from Oxfordshire County Council: The county council received around 25 calls overnight relating to highway flooding or fallen trees/branches.

Teams have attended incidents relating to trees at the B480 Watlington; A338 West Hanney; B481 Nettlebed; A415 between Abingdon and Culham and B4019 between Faringdon and Coleshill.

They have also attended incidents relating to water on roads at

  • the A417 West Challow;
  • House Park Lane Swalcliffe;
  • North Street, Fritwell;
  • A420 at Acorn Bridge;
  • B4445 at the Thame to Sydenham turn;
  • A4074 Sandford to Nuneham Courtenay stretch;
  • Station Road Brize Norton;
  • Bloxham Road, Banbury
  • and the A40 Northern Bypass, Oxford.

A number of instances of motorists driving too quickly through standing water have been reported to the county council.

6:21pm

A44 Woodstock Road Begbroke: One lane closed due to flooding on A44 Woodstock Road Southbound between Spring Hill Road and Sandy Lane / Rutten Lane. Lane one is closed.

5:41pm

No change on the flood alerts and warnings issued for Oxfordshire's waterways this evening.

But as heavy rain continues to fall in Oxfordshire, the county council has issued warnings to motorists affected by the wet weather.

Its transport bosses said motorists should not attempt to drive through flood water if there is any doubt about its depth and closure signs should always be obeyed.

Where residential streets are affected by flood water, drivers are being advised to be aware of the effect of ‘bow waves’ on neighbouring properties.

The county council said it had received a number of reports of motorists driving too quickly through standing water.

2:39pm

Widespread surface water flooding has been reported across Oxfordshire as rain continues to fall.

Motorists are being advised to take extra care as roads are suffering from more heavy rain.

The county council says it has emergency workers on standby ready to respond if the situatin worsens.

Up to 30mm up rain is expected between 6am today and 6am tomorrow.

2:34pm

SATURDAY: A string of waterways through Oxfordshire remain on flood alert today. 

THE Environment Agency has updated its list of rivers at risk of flooding, with a section of the River Thames through Oxfordshire being put on flood warning.

Meanwhile the warning on the River Cherwell has been lifted.

The situation is otherwise largely unchanged overnight.

The River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area has been put on flood warning, which means flooding is expected.

12:48am

Mill Street in Kidlington is still closed

12:14am

Environment Agency lifts flood warning on River Cherwell from Lower Heyford to Hampton Poyle, near Kidlington, as falling water levels remove immediate threat to properties.

This section and rest of the course of the Cherwell in Oxfordshire remains on flood alert, with people warned to be prepared for possible flooding.

5:41pm

Thirteen homes or properties are officially listed as being flooded in Oxfordshire. The tally is Bloxham 10,  Adderbury 2 and Banbury (Mill Arts Centre) 1.

5:39pm

While we may have had a respite rain-wise, the Environment Agency says it has not noticed significant falls in river levels.

A spokesman said: "The river levels across Oxfordshire have risen and are now currently higher than they were on Wednesday.

"The river levels remain high and they are still responding to the rain we received yesterday and earlier in the week."

3:50pm

Environment Agency says it is likely to raise the status of the Thames at Buscot in the west of the county to Flood Warning later today. Warning means properties are expected to flood. It is still not concerned this will happen in Oxford.

1:39pm

Met Office latest forecast information  is:

 

Tomorrow

Rain spreading northwards across England and Wales, reaching roughly Great Yarmouth to Birmingham by lunchtime so reaching Oxfordshire during the morning.

Approx 20-30mm (0.8in-1.2in) expected between 6am Saturday and 6am Sunday.

Outlook:

MONDAY – MORE RAIN ACROSS SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PARTS OF ENGLAND AND WALES (YELLOW ALERT FOR UP TO 40MM (1.6in) OF RAIN BEING ISSUED).
THIS RAIN MOVING EAST AND AFFECTING EASTERN PARTS FOR TUESDAY BUT THEN HIGH PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO BUILD TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE UK BRINGING COLDER BUT DRIER CONDITIONS TO MOST PARTS (A FEW SHOWERS AFFECTING EASTERN AREAS). TEMPERATURES BY DAY GENERALLY AROUND 7CELSIUS COMPARED TO THE 12/14CELSIUS THAT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING RECENTLY.

1:38pm

To put that in context, the November average rainfall is almost 2 and three quarter inches or 68.4mm

1:36pm

Met Office says that between 7am on Tuesday and 7am today measuring statuon at Brize Norton has had 2 and a half inches (62.8mm) or rain.

1:32pm

County going to be sending its gritters out tonight as it expects temperatures to plummet

1:31pm

3,500 sandbags have been issued by the council. If you want to report a flood call the council on 0845 310 11 11 and select Option 1. In an emergency call 999.

1:28pm

.... Council had 70 people, not including firefighters, working last night

1:27pm

Briefing coming in from Oxfordshire County Council...... 40 trees have come down since last night when the wind was raging....

1:22pm

The Environment Agency has removed flood alerts from Sor Brook and The Bloxham Brook and their tributaries.

It has also removed a flood alert from Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay.

All three brooks were on flood alert yesterday, meaning flooding was considered possible.

1:17pm

Out of our area strictly but: The River Thames for Henley, Remenham, Medmenham and its tributaries, along with the River Thames for Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave have been put on Flood Alert.

The Environment Agency alert means flooding is possible and residents should be prepared.

1:13pm

Usual advice to be courteous from Oxfordshire County Council, warning drivers not to drive through flood water in order to stop ‘bow waves’ from going into homes.

A spokesman said: “Motorists should take extra care in wet weather and should not attempt to drive through flood water if there is any doubt about its depth. Closure signs should always be obeyed.

“Where residential streets are affected by flood water, motorists should be aware of the potential effect of ‘bow waves’ on neighbouring properties.

“A number of instances of motorists driving too quickly through standing water have been reported to the county council.”

1:10pm

Met Office telling us there is still likely to be 0.8in (20mm) of rain on Saturday. More precise timed forecasts coming shortly.

11:39am

Remember, any incidents of flooding, you can call us on 01865 425500 or email our newsdesk. You can email pictures to our picturedesk too.

11:34am

Oxford Mail: flooding pic nov 2012: Shipton home with sandbags

A house with sandbags in Shipton-under-Wychwood prepared against the creeping floodwater

11:20am

As better weather moves over Oxfordshire, flood alerts have been lifted on the Ginge, Sor and Bloxham Brooks.

9:13am

Mill Street in Kidlington is the latest to be affected by the weather. The road is closed both ways closed due to flooding at Evans Lane, affecting bus services across the area.

8:44am

In North Oxfordshire utility companies had a busy night.
A power cable came down on the A4095 near the Rock of Gibraltar pub in Bletchingdon, leading to a road closure.
Fire crews also attended Church Hill Road in Tackley where a BT line was down, and power was cut to many homes in Deddington and Islip
Southern Electric said power has been restored today in the majority of cases.

8:31am

Thirty-three residents of the Old Prebendal Nursing Home, in Shipton-under-Wychwood, and 14 people who live in nearby sheltered flats are waking up in emergency accommodation this morning after being evacuated last night over flooding fears

8:30am

More than 40 trees are reported to have fallen across Oxfordshire, with two reportedly hitting cars - one in Benson and one in Charlbury.

8:30am

The River Cherwell from Lower Heyford to Cherwell Bridge remains on flood warning, meaning flooding is expected. Twenty one other waterways through Oxfordshire are on flood alert, meaning flooding is possible.

8:29am

On the A34 northbound in Oxford between the A4183 junction and Hinksey Hill Interchange recovery work is taking place due to an earlier accident.

8:29am

Enslow Bridge in Bunkers Hill, Kidlington, is closed in both directions due to flooding, and traffic is backed up along the A44 Woodstock Road due to surface water.

8:08am

Morning. Environment Agency still have the Cherwell from Lower Heyford to Cherwell Bridge on Flood Warning but say river levels falling at Heyford Bridge are falling. The Flood Warning will remain in force on Friday. Water levels in the Enslow area are also very high and flooding of properties close to the river may still occur. At Thrupp, river levels are still rising slowly in response to the rainfall elsewhere in the catchment. The weather prospects are: Friday should be a mostly dry day with further rainfall forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

10:53pm

Thirty three residents of a West Oxfordshire nursing home and 14 other people evacuated. Full story here

10:35pm

As of this moment, only the Cherwell from Lower Heyford to Cherwell Bridge is on the higher ranked Flood Warning in Oxfordshire

8:10pm

The stricken submerged boat still rammed against barrier at Osney lock tonight. Thames is speeding through tonight

5:58pm

Weather related we fear: tree down on the A420 at Tubney and it has taken out a power pole. The road is blocked both ways

5:12pm

Environment Agency expecting to elevate seven waterways from Flood Alert to Flood Warning, meaning flooding is expected, over the course of tonight. EA keeping a close eye on Thames north and west of Oxfordshire, The Ock at Abingdon and the Windrush in Witney, Bampton and Burford

5:08pm

Environment Agency and firefighters pumping water out at Wildmere Industrial Estate in Banbury. Nothing is thought to be flooded and this is precautionary

4:27pm

Remember - any incidents of flooding please call 01865 425500 or email our newsdesk. You can email pictures to our picturedesk

4:23pm

Oxfordshire County Council are making sandbags at its Deddington depot in readyness for distribution

3:26pm

Flood Alert for Windrush from Bourton on the Water to Standlake, including Burford, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, and Ducklington

3:03pm

Environment Agency now saying there could be .8in (20mm) of rain Saturday as well as the downpour tonight. Homeowners being warned to prepare against flooding in outlying areas.

2:51pm

1:44pm

River Cherwell on Flood Warning, from Lower Heyword to Cherwell bridge, includes Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hamptob Doyle. It means flooding expected and immediate action required

1:08pm

More from Cherwell District Council: Due to the Mill Arts Centre being flooded, tomorrow's Banbury Job Club (Friday, 23 November) is cancelled.

There are free IT facilities at the Banbury Library in Marlborough Road to help with job searches - call 01295 262282 to book a session (library members please book in advance).

Contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100900 for professional help at several Banbury locations with updating CVs, interview techniques, individual job searching action plans and more to help in job searches.

Plans are progressing for the next Banbury Job Club on Friday, 6 December. Details of venue nearer the time.

1:03pm

From Cherwell District Council: "Three of Cherwell District Council's car parks are out of action due to the River Cherwell having broken its banks.

"The Spiceball North, Spiceball Park Road and Mill car parks will remain out of action until water levels recede."

12:57pm

Thames at Abingdon is on now Flood Alert, between Abingdon and Little Wittenham

12:42pm

Sandbags delivered to:
North Street in Fritwell, Evans Lane in Kidlington, Broughton Road in Banbury, Cumberford Close in Bloxham, Shutford Road in Epwell, Tadmarton Road in Bloxham, Leafield, Stoke Row, Wayside in Lower Tadmarton, Courtington Lane in Bloxham, Fritwell Road in Fewcott and in North Newington.

12:41pm

New warning just in from Environment Agency: Ian Tomes, Environment Agency area flood risk manager, said: "With more heavy rain falling on already saturated ground and swollen rivers, I would encourage people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flooding situation and to sign up to receive direct flood warnings. I would urge those who may be at risk to take steps to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and to their property.

"Our Area Incident Room has opened, we have mobilised teams across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. These teams have been working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding and will remain out in force over the coming days to remove blockages. We will do everything we can to warn and inform people about the risk of flooding from rivers but we cannot always prevent it, so people need to take action to prepare now."

12:39pm

River Thames through Oxford went on Flood Alert earlier this morning

12:32pm

Let us know what incidents you know of. Call the newsdesk on 01865 425500, email the newsdesk or email pictures to our picturedesk

12:27pm

Flood Alerts:

River Thames and tributaries through Oxford from Wolvercote down to and including Radley

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

12:22pm

Correction: Oxfordshire forecasted rainfall from 6pm through to midnight is .8in (20mm)

12:22pm

In the 36 hours from 3am on Tuesday to 3pm yesterday, there was almost 2in of rain.

12:20pm

That wild weather to last through to midnight

12:19pm

Met Office also says gusts of 50-60mph coming in from 6pm. Plus isolated gusts in exposed places likely to be stronger.

 

12:15pm

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6:35pm Thu 22 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Good God - if we had 20 cm of rain in a day most of Abingdon would be under water. Annual rainfall is around 700 mm!
Good God - if we had 20 cm [200 mm] of rain in a day most of Abingdon would be under water. Annual rainfall is around 700 mm! King Joke
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11:33am Fri 23 Nov 12

xjohnx says...

I can't help thinking that this chain of stories about the weather is just a cheap and quick way of filling the page.

The editor needs changing, perhaps.
I can't help thinking that this chain of stories about the weather is just a cheap and quick way of filling the page. The editor needs changing, perhaps. xjohnx
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3:44pm Fri 23 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Yes, true. It's a bit like downloads and music; the business model has been turned on its head. With music, touring has become the only way of earning a crust; what you can do with newspapers I don't know. If you're The Times you can throw up a paywall, but I don't think this would work for the OM.
Yes, true. It's a bit like downloads and music; the business model has been turned on its head. With music, touring has become the only way of earning a crust; what you can do with newspapers I don't know. If you're The Times you can throw up a paywall, but I don't think this would work for the OM. King Joke
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4:43pm Fri 23 Nov 12

xjohnx says...

Wrong I'm afraid.

This site is a profitable teaser for the 'print' version. Very few stories but all tend to make readers buy the paper for the full newspaper experiance.

'On line' advertising helps as well!
Wrong I'm afraid. This site is a profitable teaser for the 'print' version. Very few stories but all tend to make readers buy the paper for the full newspaper experiance. 'On line' advertising helps as well! xjohnx
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6:38pm Fri 23 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Nothing on this site encourages me to buy the print version - why would I when I've read it already?

A lot of newspapers are struggling.
Nothing on this site encourages me to buy the print version - why would I when I've read it already? A lot of newspapers are struggling. King Joke
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9:32am Sun 25 Nov 12

danpearce says...

This particular page has been extremely beneficial to those (including me) at risk from flooding. This is exactly what you want and expect from a local service, thank you for the updates. What I don't understand is the level of criticism from people still reading the site, if you don't like it the buy The Daily Mail and moan to them! The OM and Witney Gazette are great outfits reporting on the relevant national but also local 'smaller' stories which I read online every day.
This particular page has been extremely beneficial to those (including me) at risk from flooding. This is exactly what you want and expect from a local service, thank you for the updates. What I don't understand is the level of criticism from people still reading the site, if you don't like it the buy The Daily Mail and moan to them! The OM and Witney Gazette are great outfits reporting on the relevant national but also local 'smaller' stories which I read online every day. danpearce
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8:39am Mon 26 Nov 12

EricTheRed says...

There seems to be some holes in the data.. What about the flooding at Clifton Hampden, Sutton Courtneny and Abingdon?? why does the map stop at oxford?
There seems to be some holes in the data.. What about the flooding at Clifton Hampden, Sutton Courtneny and Abingdon?? why does the map stop at oxford? EricTheRed
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2:25pm Mon 26 Nov 12

mytaxes says...

Thanks to Oxford Mail for the updates.
Thanks to Oxford Mail for the updates. mytaxes
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9:27am Tue 27 Nov 12

oxfordbuddy says...

Just been filling sandbags at PC World in the Botley road. We were all commenting on the council workmen sitting cosily chatting in their cab while we, older women included, staggered around with sandbags. What is this country coming to, no sense of commonality at all. Was in New York while the hurricane was on, despite everything everyone says about Americans, they were definitely all in it together and all public officials were going out of their way to be helpful to everyone. I'd emigrate if I could.
Just been filling sandbags at PC World in the Botley road. We were all commenting on the council workmen sitting cosily chatting in their cab while we, older women included, staggered around with sandbags. What is this country coming to, no sense of commonality at all. Was in New York while the hurricane was on, despite everything everyone says about Americans, they were definitely all in it together and all public officials were going out of their way to be helpful to everyone. I'd emigrate if I could. oxfordbuddy
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9:32am Tue 27 Nov 12

King Joke says...

What a patronising attitude Oxfordbuddy. How did you know the workers weren't having their first break since an 0500 start? How on Earth did you think the sand got onto the lorries in the first place? Fairies?

Please be in possession of the facts before condemning people you know nothing about.

My memories of 2007 is that all authorities, public and private, including the Police, Envt Agency, Southern Electric and Ox City Council were fantastic in handling sandbags, power cuts, vulnerable residents and so on.
What a patronising attitude Oxfordbuddy. How did you know the workers weren't having their first break since an 0500 start? How on Earth did you think the sand got onto the lorries in the first place? Fairies? Please be in possession of the facts before condemning people you know nothing about. My memories of 2007 is that all authorities, public and private, including the Police, Envt Agency, Southern Electric and Ox City Council were fantastic in handling sandbags, power cuts, vulnerable residents and so on. King Joke
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9:34am Tue 27 Nov 12

Red Robbo 2 says...

"Alternative travel on CrossCountry and Freightliner is advised."

More rubbish from someone who probably thinks trains are built by Hornby. Does one sit on top of the (Freightliner) container or hang on to the sides?
"Alternative travel on CrossCountry and Freightliner is advised." More rubbish from someone who probably thinks trains are built by Hornby. Does one sit on top of the (Freightliner) container or hang on to the sides? Red Robbo 2
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9:43am Tue 27 Nov 12

oxfordbuddy says...

My experience in New York was of everyone working tirelessly with no breaks. How long a break do you need exactly? I was filling sandbags for a good half an hour. I don't think I am patronising, I think England is going down the drain. No one cares about anyone else anymore. There was a report on the radio recently saying just that.
My experience in New York was of everyone working tirelessly with no breaks. How long a break do you need exactly? I was filling sandbags for a good half an hour. I don't think I am patronising, I think England is going down the drain. No one cares about anyone else anymore. There was a report on the radio recently saying just that. oxfordbuddy
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9:43am Tue 27 Nov 12

oxfordbuddy says...

My experience in New York was of everyone working tirelessly with no breaks. How long a break do you need exactly? I was filling sandbags for a good half an hour. I don't think I am patronising, I think England is going down the drain. No one cares about anyone else anymore. There was a report on the radio recently saying just that.
My experience in New York was of everyone working tirelessly with no breaks. How long a break do you need exactly? I was filling sandbags for a good half an hour. I don't think I am patronising, I think England is going down the drain. No one cares about anyone else anymore. There was a report on the radio recently saying just that. oxfordbuddy
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10:00am Tue 27 Nov 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Thank God those now in charge were no where to be seen during the Blitz. It rains and the county city grinds to a halt, it snows and the city grinds to a halt. Pathetic is the only word that can sum up those supposedly in charge, not like we didn't know this was coming.
Thank God those now in charge were no where to be seen during the Blitz. It rains and the county city grinds to a halt, it snows and the city grinds to a halt. Pathetic is the only word that can sum up those supposedly in charge, not like we didn't know this was coming. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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2:31pm Tue 27 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Sandy, please suggest a course of action when flooding is imminent - what should the authorities have done differently? Steered the rainclouds away over the sea? Put elevated platforms along the Abingdon Rd to drive along? I'm all ears.
Sandy, please suggest a course of action when flooding is imminent - what should the authorities have done differently? Steered the rainclouds away over the sea? Put elevated platforms along the Abingdon Rd to drive along? I'm all ears. King Joke
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3:35pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

King Joke wrote:
Sandy, please suggest a course of action when flooding is imminent - what should the authorities have done differently? Steered the rainclouds away over the sea? Put elevated platforms along the Abingdon Rd to drive along? I'm all ears.
Had in place i.e delivered to known flood risk locations sandbags in sufficient quantities. Stop granting planning permission in areas known to flood. Pre check all drains, streams and run off's for debris prior to arrival of severe weather. None of this has been done on this occasion or any other and as usual it is a case of 'planning after the event'.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Sandy, please suggest a course of action when flooding is imminent - what should the authorities have done differently? Steered the rainclouds away over the sea? Put elevated platforms along the Abingdon Rd to drive along? I'm all ears.[/p][/quote]Had in place i.e delivered to known flood risk locations sandbags in sufficient quantities. Stop granting planning permission in areas known to flood. Pre check all drains, streams and run off's for debris prior to arrival of severe weather. None of this has been done on this occasion or any other and as usual it is a case of 'planning after the event'. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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3:49pm Tue 27 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Ha ha Sandy, good guess mate, but mostly wrong.

We get leafleted by the local residents' flooding pressure group. They have detailed all the stuff that the EA and the City Council have done in the five years since the last flooding event. All the local ditches have been dug out with diggers, a lot of the culverts under the railway line to Didcot and the Kennington Rd have been replaced and enlarged, and flood barriers have been procured - one of these is now in situ by Hinksey Lake.

As regards planning - the City has its hands tied when turning down planning applications. If it doesn't have a copper-bottomed reason for turning down housing developments it can lose the decision on appeal, at further cost to the taxpayer. This is of course about to get worse as the Coalition is scrapping a lot of planning laws in a bid 'to cut red tape' and 'get the economy moving'. None of this is the City's fault.

At any rate, as you should know, development in Oxford will only have a limited effect on flooding. The widespread flooding we see is because the Thames is at capacity. The Thames catchment area upstream of Oxford is large, and includes the eastern half of the Cotswolds, east of the watershed. Much of this is undeveloped. The flooding is caused not by overdevelopment but by - wait for it - heavy rain, pure and simple.
Ha ha Sandy, good guess mate, but mostly wrong. We get leafleted by the local residents' flooding pressure group. They have detailed all the stuff that the EA and the City Council have done in the five years since the last flooding event. All the local ditches have been dug out with diggers, a lot of the culverts under the railway line to Didcot and the Kennington Rd have been replaced and enlarged, and flood barriers have been procured - one of these is now in situ by Hinksey Lake. As regards planning - the City has its hands tied when turning down planning applications. If it doesn't have a copper-bottomed reason for turning down housing developments it can lose the decision on appeal, at further cost to the taxpayer. This is of course about to get worse as the Coalition is scrapping a lot of planning laws in a bid 'to cut red tape' and 'get the economy moving'. None of this is the City's fault. At any rate, as you should know, development in Oxford will only have a limited effect on flooding. The widespread flooding we see is because the Thames is at capacity. The Thames catchment area upstream of Oxford is large, and includes the eastern half of the Cotswolds, east of the watershed. Much of this is undeveloped. The flooding is caused not by overdevelopment but by - wait for it - heavy rain, pure and simple. King Joke
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7:40pm Tue 27 Nov 12

saysme36 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
King Joke wrote:
Sandy, please suggest a course of action when flooding is imminent - what should the authorities have done differently? Steered the rainclouds away over the sea? Put elevated platforms along the Abingdon Rd to drive along? I'm all ears.
Had in place i.e delivered to known flood risk locations sandbags in sufficient quantities. Stop granting planning permission in areas known to flood. Pre check all drains, streams and run off's for debris prior to arrival of severe weather. None of this has been done on this occasion or any other and as usual it is a case of 'planning after the event'.
Have to agree with King Joke I live near a river in Abingdon and since 2007 the Environment Agency are regularly there clearing the river and the drains have been cleaned fairly regularly too so I agree that the authorities have been proactive in dealing with flooding. Not sure what more they could have done. Sandbags are available in several places in Abingdon too so not sure what more could be done to deal with what are exceptional circumstances without the Council being criticised for wasting money preparing for something that might never happen.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Sandy, please suggest a course of action when flooding is imminent - what should the authorities have done differently? Steered the rainclouds away over the sea? Put elevated platforms along the Abingdon Rd to drive along? I'm all ears.[/p][/quote]Had in place i.e delivered to known flood risk locations sandbags in sufficient quantities. Stop granting planning permission in areas known to flood. Pre check all drains, streams and run off's for debris prior to arrival of severe weather. None of this has been done on this occasion or any other and as usual it is a case of 'planning after the event'.[/p][/quote]Have to agree with King Joke I live near a river in Abingdon and since 2007 the Environment Agency are regularly there clearing the river and the drains have been cleaned fairly regularly too so I agree that the authorities have been proactive in dealing with flooding. Not sure what more they could have done. Sandbags are available in several places in Abingdon too so not sure what more could be done to deal with what are exceptional circumstances without the Council being criticised for wasting money preparing for something that might never happen. saysme36
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