A FLOOD warning tonight remains in place on a section of the River Thames in the west of the county as water levels continue to rise after recent heavy rain.

The warning from the Environment Agency covers the Thames from Buscot Wick to Shifford, through Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Tadpole Bridge and Chimney.

The warning, the second stage in the agency's three-tier flood system, means flooding is expected and householders and businesses near the river should take immediate precautions.

The agency this evening said: "The River Thames remains very high, but steady and level in the Buscot area. However, the river will remain responsive to further rainfall. The weather forecast is to expect light showers overnight. A drier day is expected tomorrow, with further rainfall tomorrow night."

Several fields in the Shifford area were water-logged when the Mail visited this afternoon.

This morning, the Environment Agency said a number of other Oxfordshire rivers and brooks were subject to flood alerts, meaning people should be on guard against possible flooding. These were:

  • River Cherwell from Cropredy through Banbury and Lower Heyford to Oxford
  • Clanfield Brook at Clanfield
  • River Cole along the county boundary with Wiltshire from Shrivenham to Buscot Wick, including Watchfield and Coleshill
  • River Evenlode from Moreton-in-Marsh to the Wychwoods, Charlbury and Cassington
  • River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and tributaries from Stratton Audley  to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury
  • River Leach from Northleach to Lechlade, including Fyfield and Little Faringdon
  • Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip
  • The Shill Brook at Bampton
  • River Thame and Chalgrove Brook
  • River Thames and tributaries from Chimney, through Oxford, Abingdon and Wallingford to Henley
  • River Windrush, from Bourton-on-the Water to Newbridge, including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake

Flood alerts have been lifted on the following brooks:

  • Bloxham Brook
  • Ginge Brook, from Steventon to Sutton Courtenay
  • Sor Brook

Several fields in the Shifford area, around five miles south of Witney, were waterlogged this afternoon. 


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For the latest information on flood alerts, see environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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