Warning of more wind, rain and floods tomorrow

Oxford Mail: Cars driving through floods near Burford Cars driving through floods near Burford

ROADS in parts of Oxfordshire were flooded yesterday as the county remained on alert.

The A361 at Fubrook near Burford, Lower Street in Islip, and at Clifton Hampden bridge were all affected by rainwater.

Across the county, 10 Environment Agency flood alerts were still in place yesterday including the River Thames and its tributaries in the Oxford area.

Environment Agency spokesman Jo Slimin said: “We are having to watch the situation closely because it is very, very wet everywhere and quite saturated so any rain that falls will go into the rivers.

“If anything changes we will issue warnings when necessary.”

Up to five mm of rain is due to fall today but 2014 is set to start with downpours of up to 20mm and gale force winds of up to 45mph tomorrow.

Met Office spokeswoman Helen Chivers said: “New Year’s Day is a totally different story. It will be wet and windy.

“You’re looking at steady rain with heavy bursts in the afternoon and strong winds gusting to about 45mph. The weather warnings are being reviewed but at the moment Oxfordshire does not have any.

“But you are looking at around 10-20mm of rain across the county.”

The county’s power is back up and running after 400 homes were hit with power cuts in Kidlington on Sunday.

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Southern Electric spokesman Gavin Steel said: “The fault occurred at about 2.30pm and all power was restored by 4pm.

“At Bure Park in Bicester there was a fault on Sunday which affected one customer at about 6.30am and their power was up and running later that day.”

The county’s 10 flood warnings in force yesterday included the Thames, and the rivers Ray, Leach, Cherwell, Loddon, Thame, Evenlode, Windrush and the Chalgrove Brook.

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