FLOODING: Road chaos gives companies a major headache

Oxford Mail: Traffic queuing from Pear Tree yesterday morning Traffic queuing from Pear Tree yesterday morning

BUSINESSES in Oxford have suffered disruption due to a number of road closures in the city.

Ferry Hinksey Road, which lies close to the River Thames, has been under water since Monday, causing a severe impact on businesses in the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, with one worker describing it as a “disaster”.

A second water pump was brought into the area yesterday to clear flood water from Osney Mead.

Chris Materna, from Mac Simple, a company which repairs Apple computers, said: “We have had very few customers and so it’s been very quiet. It’s been a disaster.”

Maureen Keenan, owner of Oxbridge bakeries, was forced to evacuate the premises. She said: “It’s been very disruptive.

“The county council need to put up higher flood defences as it’s causing a real problem for businesses.”

Ginette Gower, from Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The main problem has been with employees getting to work.

“That can then affect the supply chain because of deliveries not being able to get through.”

Commuters also faced an ordeal getting home last night, with major delays experienced on Botley Road.

One motorist told the Oxford Mail it had taken two hours to get from the train station to McDonald’s.

Floodwater near the restaurant was partly responsible but the road remained open to traffic.

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11:35am Wed 8 Jan 14

EMBOX2 says...

If this is going to be more frequent, then let's look at some solutions.

1. Allocate an area of land that can be used as a flood plain, and build an earth/concrete bank some meters high around. Use it as a football pitch etc when not flooded.

2. Divert the stream to this area when at risk of floods.

3. Look at raising the banks of the Thames and other tributries around Oxford and Abingdon.
If this is going to be more frequent, then let's look at some solutions. 1. Allocate an area of land that can be used as a flood plain, and build an earth/concrete bank some meters high around. Use it as a football pitch etc when not flooded. 2. Divert the stream to this area when at risk of floods. 3. Look at raising the banks of the Thames and other tributries around Oxford and Abingdon. EMBOX2

12:28pm Wed 8 Jan 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
If this is going to be more frequent, then let's look at some solutions.

1. Allocate an area of land that can be used as a flood plain, and build an earth/concrete bank some meters high around. Use it as a football pitch etc when not flooded.

2. Divert the stream to this area when at risk of floods.

3. Look at raising the banks of the Thames and other tributries around Oxford and Abingdon.
Dont see any of that happening (or any more flood defence work for that matter) with Dave wanting to cut 1 billion pounds off the Environment Agency budget
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: If this is going to be more frequent, then let's look at some solutions. 1. Allocate an area of land that can be used as a flood plain, and build an earth/concrete bank some meters high around. Use it as a football pitch etc when not flooded. 2. Divert the stream to this area when at risk of floods. 3. Look at raising the banks of the Thames and other tributries around Oxford and Abingdon.[/p][/quote]Dont see any of that happening (or any more flood defence work for that matter) with Dave wanting to cut 1 billion pounds off the Environment Agency budget yabbadabbadoo256

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