Update: Flood warning issued in West Oxfordshire and sandbags available in Oxford

Oxford Mail: Update: Flood warning issued in West Oxfordshire and sandbags available in Oxford Update: Flood warning issued in West Oxfordshire and sandbags available in Oxford

A SECOND flood warning has been issued on the River Thames this morning, in the west of Oxfordshire.

It covers the section of the river from from Buscot Wick to Shifford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Bampton and Chimney.

The Environment Agency said the water level had been rising steadily at St Johns, Radcot and Rushey locks and that property flooding close to the river was possible around St Johns Lock later today. The river is expected to continue to rise over the next 24 hours.

The warning follows one issued yesterday evening for the Thames and its tributaries in Oxford, covering Botley, West Oxford, New Hinksey, North Hinksey and Grandpont.

City and county council staff are delivering sand and sandbags to the Redbridge park-and-ride centre off Abingdon Road and the Seacourt park-and-ride centre at Botley for use by residents and businesses at potential risk of property flooding.

Pallets of sandbags are also being delivered to the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Rd and to South Hinksey, where the collection point will be at the farm opposite the village hall. All four of the sites should be operational by 1pm.

A number of towpaths in Oxford are now closed by flooding and people are advised to obey any warning or closure signs.

A flood warning is the second stage in the Environment Agency's three-stage flood warning system and means that flooding is expected and householders and businesses should take immediate action to protect their properties.

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

 

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1:28pm Sun 5 Jan 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Not too much of a coincidence that the flood warnings in Oxfordshire start flying in on the Thames just after they close the Thames Barrier to "Protect" London???? This happens every time they decide to protect themselves over the "plebs"
Not too much of a coincidence that the flood warnings in Oxfordshire start flying in on the Thames just after they close the Thames Barrier to "Protect" London???? This happens every time they decide to protect themselves over the "plebs" yabbadabbadoo256
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6:44pm Sun 5 Jan 14

DoctorBob says...

The public sector going above and beyond the call of duty for local people. Who's going to be there to provide sand bags when it's all been outsourced?
The public sector going above and beyond the call of duty for local people. Who's going to be there to provide sand bags when it's all been outsourced? DoctorBob
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12:28am Mon 6 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

Sadly, things can only get WORSE as local authorities continue to allow building development on and near flood plains and areas KNOWN to flood - not to mention the Tory-led Government cut-backs which have already affected flood prevention measures, and reduction on staffing levels across the UK. New housing developments can be built ecologically - but costs more and eats into profits to provide sensible and adequate development - including the building on farmland which can often worsen the flood liability in that area, or even worsening flood liability in other areas in the locality. Nor is it fair or reasonable to make home-owners liable, because insurance companies simply WON'T provide affordable insurance for housing which may be liable to flooding and flood damage. This is clearly the responsibility of both the national government and local authorities. My advice? Target your local MP and your local County, City and town authorities, and even your Parish Council - make THEM work for the public money which they are failing to spend responsibly.
Sadly, things can only get WORSE as local authorities continue to allow building development on and near flood plains and areas KNOWN to flood - not to mention the Tory-led Government cut-backs which have already affected flood prevention measures, and reduction on staffing levels across the UK. New housing developments can be built ecologically - but costs more and eats into profits to provide sensible and adequate development - including the building on farmland which can often worsen the flood liability in that area, or even worsening flood liability in other areas in the locality. Nor is it fair or reasonable to make home-owners liable, because insurance companies simply WON'T provide affordable insurance for housing which may be liable to flooding and flood damage. This is clearly the responsibility of both the national government and local authorities. My advice? Target your local MP and your local County, City and town authorities, and even your Parish Council - make THEM work for the public money which they are failing to spend responsibly. Myron Blatz
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