Abingdon Road closed due to heavy flooding

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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.

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8:21am Tue 27 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

So, one time when water companies can't be blamed for not dealing with leaks? Yet being flooded-out of homes and businesses is no joke - especially when the next insurance premium arrives, or your insurance company thinks the liability is too great, not to mention the personal loss and stress which flood damage causes. But have successive governments and planning authorities really been doing enough over the years? Water meadow and flood-plain land used to be a cheap option for developers and councils alike, where possibility of flooding had been deemed 'slight' - but has the short-term gain in cheap land been at the cost of longer-term liability, and just how long has both government and local planning been taking 'global warming' and changing weather patterns seriously?
So, one time when water companies can't be blamed for not dealing with leaks? Yet being flooded-out of homes and businesses is no joke - especially when the next insurance premium arrives, or your insurance company thinks the liability is too great, not to mention the personal loss and stress which flood damage causes. But have successive governments and planning authorities really been doing enough over the years? Water meadow and flood-plain land used to be a cheap option for developers and councils alike, where possibility of flooding had been deemed 'slight' - but has the short-term gain in cheap land been at the cost of longer-term liability, and just how long has both government and local planning been taking 'global warming' and changing weather patterns seriously? Myron Blatz
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10:23am Tue 27 Nov 12

WitneyGreen says...

Just come through Botley Road and it's not looking great to be honest, although a lot better than Abingdon Road. Fingers crossed.
Just come through Botley Road and it's not looking great to be honest, although a lot better than Abingdon Road. Fingers crossed. WitneyGreen
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11:12am Tue 27 Nov 12

Benhall says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
So, one time when water companies can't be blamed for not dealing with leaks? Yet being flooded-out of homes and businesses is no joke - especially when the next insurance premium arrives, or your insurance company thinks the liability is too great, not to mention the personal loss and stress which flood damage causes. But have successive governments and planning authorities really been doing enough over the years? Water meadow and flood-plain land used to be a cheap option for developers and councils alike, where possibility of flooding had been deemed 'slight' - but has the short-term gain in cheap land been at the cost of longer-term liability, and just how long has both government and local planning been taking 'global warming' and changing weather patterns seriously?
Some of the more frequently hit areas have old, probably Victorian terraces e.g. Osney Town.

They also seem to command high prices - 600K for a terraced house. Perhaps some of the money that changes hands when these houses are sold should be allocated to redesign the interior e.g. tiled walls and floors and portable furniture on ground floors. Would help bring prices down too if this was a condition.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So, one time when water companies can't be blamed for not dealing with leaks? Yet being flooded-out of homes and businesses is no joke - especially when the next insurance premium arrives, or your insurance company thinks the liability is too great, not to mention the personal loss and stress which flood damage causes. But have successive governments and planning authorities really been doing enough over the years? Water meadow and flood-plain land used to be a cheap option for developers and councils alike, where possibility of flooding had been deemed 'slight' - but has the short-term gain in cheap land been at the cost of longer-term liability, and just how long has both government and local planning been taking 'global warming' and changing weather patterns seriously?[/p][/quote]Some of the more frequently hit areas have old, probably Victorian terraces e.g. Osney Town. They also seem to command high prices - 600K for a terraced house. Perhaps some of the money that changes hands when these houses are sold should be allocated to redesign the interior e.g. tiled walls and floors and portable furniture on ground floors. Would help bring prices down too if this was a condition. Benhall
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11:40am Tue 27 Nov 12

Homerj says...

Is it not possible for Oxford County Council to allow a bus to run half-way down the Abingdon Road?
Many older people rely on the bus to get about, and the bus service is generally very well used. It seems stupid that the whole community must come to a standstill because the council makes a blacket ban. Could they not foresee this happening again?
Is it not possible for Oxford County Council to allow a bus to run half-way down the Abingdon Road? Many older people rely on the bus to get about, and the bus service is generally very well used. It seems stupid that the whole community must come to a standstill because the council makes a blacket ban. Could they not foresee this happening again? Homerj
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11:54am Tue 27 Nov 12

Budowaah says...

Yea, for god sake. The council are useless; they should borrow a fleet of chinook from the RAF to get people around or even better, a couple of vanguard class submarines, after all, isn't that what we pay our taxes for?
Yea, for god sake. The council are useless; they should borrow a fleet of chinook from the RAF to get people around or even better, a couple of vanguard class submarines, after all, isn't that what we pay our taxes for? Budowaah
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12:52pm Tue 27 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Budowaah wrote:
Yea, for god sake. The council are useless; they should borrow a fleet of chinook from the RAF to get people around or even better, a couple of vanguard class submarines, after all, isn't that what we pay our taxes for?
Too right Budowaah.

The authorities are doing very well. The EA have built a barrier near Hinksey Park, and knocked on my door yesterday to check if I had anyone vulnerable living here. THey can't do everything, although a submarine would be very cool!

Homer, the bus service up the Abingdon Rd is effectively suspended in any useful sense every Sat afternoon by shopping traffic. It's much quicker to walk. Nobody complains then, because addressing the issue would mean depriving people of their right to drive where they like. It's easy to blame the council when there are floods though, right?
[quote][p][bold]Budowaah[/bold] wrote: Yea, for god sake. The council are useless; they should borrow a fleet of chinook from the RAF to get people around or even better, a couple of vanguard class submarines, after all, isn't that what we pay our taxes for?[/p][/quote]Too right Budowaah. The authorities are doing very well. The EA have built a barrier near Hinksey Park, and knocked on my door yesterday to check if I had anyone vulnerable living here. THey can't do everything, although a submarine would be very cool! Homer, the bus service up the Abingdon Rd is effectively suspended in any useful sense every Sat afternoon by shopping traffic. It's much quicker to walk. Nobody complains then, because addressing the issue would mean depriving people of their right to drive where they like. It's easy to blame the council when there are floods though, right? King Joke
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