LiveBlog: Oxfordshire flooding latest, Monday, January 13

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Summary

  • Abingdon Road has reopened this afternoon
  • The High Street traffic restrictions are back in force again
  • Botley Road is open, but official work continues on some streets
  • The floods continue to die down across the county
  • More wet weather this week

6:35am

Good morning. Same drill - click through for the new blog for Tuesday.

And we're also looking for nominations of people who have been a godsend during the floods. You can nominate via our Flood Hero form

11:25pm

The three remaining flood warnings for Oxfordshire are in:

 

 -River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford

The Environment Agency says: "River levels in the Oxford area are still high, but are still falling and will continue to fall slowly. The river remains sensitive to further rainfall. The weather prospects are to expect some showers this evening. Tomorrow will be a dry day with further showers throughout the evening."

 

- River Thames from Henley down to Medmenham including Remenham and Mill End

The Environment Agency says: "Water levels on the River Thames are still very high but are falling in the Henley and Medmenham areas. The river will continue to fall slowly but will remain high and out of banks for some time. Property flooding remains possible particularly in those roads closest to the river in response to the expected rainfall. The weather prospects are to expect some showers this evening. Tomorrow will be a dry day with further showers throughout the evening."

 

- River Thames from Shiplake to Bolney Court near Henley including Lower Shiplake and Wargrave

 

The Environment Agency says: "Water levels on the River Thames continue to fall slowly in the Shiplake area. The river will continue to fall slowly but is forecast to remain high and out of banks in places for some time. Property flooding remains possible particularly in those roads closest to the river. The weather prospects are to expect some showers this evening. Tomorrow will be a dry day with further showers throughout the evening."

11:21pm

There are only three flood warnings still in place tonight.

11:12pm

Clearing up after the flooding is the step many are now going through.

This is the advice on what to do from Oxford City Council:

"Floodwater affecting your home may have been contaminated with sewage, animal waste and other contaminants which may leave a sludge deposit.

"Harmful bacteria is present in sewage and may be present in clear flood water, which although it is very dilute can present a low risk to health."

11:11pm

As we get back to normal, here is an update on road closures in the county:

Lower Road, Islip

B478 at Playhatch

Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)

Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)

Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village

Binsey Lane, Oxford

B4009 Chinnor Road at Aston Rowant

Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard

Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston

11:08pm

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3:52pm

100 people from Manchester have descended on Oxford to help with the clear-up. The voluntary department of the World Mission Society Church of God has been to the worst hit areas of the city - such as Binsey Lane.

2:57pm

Local and national organisations are to be invited to a 'flooding summit' on March 21 in the wake of the floods which crippled large parts of Oxford and the wider county last week.

Here's what councillor Rodney Rose, Cabinet Member with responsibility for flood risk management on Oxfordshire County Council, has had to say on the matter.

“We have now had significant floods two years running and four times in the last decade, so we may have to face up to flooding as the ‘new normal’ in Oxfordshire.

"That is why I want to make sure that all the relevant organisations come together as soon as possible to learn lessons from these floods. We need to agree how we can work together to reduce the risk to homes, businesses and the transport links that are vital to our local economy."

1:15pm

1:14pm

Here's confirmation that Abingdon Road has re-opened with the buses back in action

12:57pm

12:57pm

Some welcome news for motorists at last 

12:52pm

We're checking the official line on that tweet below, but looks like the route might be reopening.

12:52pm

12:49pm

Binsey Lane, Oxford, this morning

Oxford Mail:

12:48pm

The scene in Osney Court this morning showing a lot of last week's floodwater has cleared up

Oxford Mail:

12:26pm

This picture, taken by Sue Such in Wallingford, shows some of the breath-taking scenes the flooding has produced.

 

Oxford Mail:

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9:04am

The Mail understands that Abingdon Road could reopen this afternoon.

9:03am

Flooding below Abingdon Bridge, looking towards Abingdon Cricket Club - an image from Brian Houghton:

 

Oxford Mail:

9:01am

Abingdon Road yesterday morning, as seen in this image from Tim Waker.

Oxford Mail:

8:57am

There are reports that Abingdon Road may reopen today. Inspections on the route are taking place this morning.

8:45am

There are reports that motorists are turning away at Botley Interchange because an A420 sign still tells drivers that Botley Road is shut.

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7:54am

Council offices across the county have also been affected by flooding, including Trading Standards, who are based in West Oxford.

A county council spokesman said: "Undeterred by this setback, many officers have been working remotely to ensure that consumer issues are addressed."

7:53am

A heartwarming tale here from Jenny Shepherd from Botley:

"My husband came a cropper on his push bike on a very slippery surface under Oxford Station Bridge on Thursday around 1.00pm. 

"He suffered a very nasty cut to his head: his cycle helmet took the brunt of it, otherwise it could have been even worse.

"He also severely lacerated his little finger on his left hand.

"A Good Samaritan in a white van stopped and helped him to his feet, and mopped up his injuries along with a passing lady's help. 

"An ambulance was called and transported him off to A&E, and local police attending the flooding on the Botley Road helpfully took his bicycle back to his place of work. 

"As hubby was a little dazed by it all he did not get the names of his helpers, so please could you pass on a great big thank you to all of them via your newspaper. 

"Happily all is well with him, and he will soon be whizzing along on his bicycle again. 

"Thanks also to his work colleagues for putting his bike back together again.  As all we seem to see and hear these days is doom and gloom, it is so refreshing to find that there are still a lot of 'good guys' around!"

7:49am

Again, not flood-related, but ties in with the general traffic situation today.... it's an update from Oxford Bus Company:

"city 8: Bus Stop Closure - Stowford Road, Barton.

The Stowford Road bus stop will be closed from 0900 on Monday 13th January for approximately 12 days. This is to allow roadworks to take place.

Please use alternate stops at Underhill Circus or Waynflete Road."

7:48am

Not flood-related, but this update from Stagecoach Oxfordshire may affect your journey to work today:

"Stowford Road will be closed from 13th January 2014 for approximately 14 days.
Buses on the 8 route will follow the normal route to Underhill Circus then right onto Burchester avenue then left onto Edgecombe Road, left onto Bayswater Road and right into Wayneflete Road then back onto normal route.
Passengers are advised to use stops on Wayneflete Road and Fettiplace Road."

7:46am

We've had pictures sent in by readers throughout the last few days.

Here are some pictures of Langel Common in Witney, taken on January 11 by seven-year-old Joshua Halcrow.

 

Oxford Mail:

 

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7:37am

The following flood warnings remain in force in Oxfordshire - nine in total:

 

- River Thames in the Playhatch, Sonning and Sonning Eye area

- River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford

- River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford

- River Thames in Abingdon

- River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford

- River Thame at Dorchester

- River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford

- River Thames for Henley, Remenham, and Medmenham

- River Thames for Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave

 

7:32am

This is the latest regional advice today from the Environment Agency. Note the lack of any specific warnings for Oxfordshire - although officials there are telling people in the Thames Valley area to remain vigilant:

 

"We are urging communities in Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley to remain vigilant for continued flooding from groundwater and rivers.
Flooding will continue along the River Thames over the coming days, with a potential flooding around the Chertsey Lakes. River levels along the Thames are now stabilising or falling in most areas.
Groundwater levels remain very high in many places. Flood alerts remain in force for West Dorset, Cranborne Chase and Salisbury Plain and a flood warning is in place for the South Winterbourne Valley.
River levels also remain high in parts of Hampshire, West Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and along the River Severn in Worcester and Gloucestershire."

7:30am

This lengthy post offers the latest available information from Stagecoach in the county:

 

"We are operating all services today. Botley Road in the city centre has now opened and we are starting to run routes 11, 66, S1 and X30 to their usual route.

"Due to road closures and the effects of flood water on the highway unfortunately we are still expecting delays again on Sunday and over Monday rush hour as our buses get caught up with the diverted traffic around the city centre.

"Currently Abingdon Road is closed into the city centre (Botley Road opened just before lunch time on Sunday). This should start to eas some of the congestion around the centre.

"We will be doing what we can to operate as many journeys as we can to timetable.

"We are sorry but buses operating on a diverted section of the route will not be stopping at the stops on the diversion. Only buses registered to drop off and pick up will do so.

"The following diversions are currently in place:

Routes 11, 66, S1 and X30 - buses are now using Botley Road again and are running along the normal route..

Route 16/16A - Due to flooding Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge are closed.  Buses will run via Iffley Road instead but will pick up at the normal stop in St Aldates.

Routes 31 and 34 - Due to flooding Abingdon Road is closed.  Buses will run via Iffley Road instead but will pick up and set down at the normal stop in St Aldates.

Route 2/2A - Due to a sewer collapse in Evans Lane, Kidlington we are unable to serve Evans Lane and Mill Street.  Route 2A is diverting via the A4260 (Oxford/Banbury Road) and route 2 is running Grovelands - Banbury Road (A4260) - The Moors - High Street - Oxford Road (A4260).  The 2 will be stopping on the opposite side of High Street compared to usual.

Route S3 -are now stopping at the railway station.

Route 3 - are now stopping at the railway station.

Route 18 - Buses are unable to access Bablockhythe and Northmoor due to flooding. The 18 service will continue to run on the main road between Standlake and Stanton Harcourt.

In the event of any further disruption we will update this page, our twitter feed (@stagecoach_ox) and facebook (@StagecoachOxfordshire) with any changes to our services. 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank passengers for their conitnued patience during this period.

Services Affected: 1, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12C, 14, 14A, 16, 16A, 17, 17A, 17C, 18, 19, 20, 26, 31, 34, 64, 85, 85, 86, 86, 89, 200, 213, 214, 215, 233, 242, 488, 489, 500, 700, 800, 900, B7, N1, N2, N3, N8, N10, N30, N31, NS1, NS2, NS5, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, TUBE, X15, X30."

7:28am

Grandpont Nursery School in Oxford will also be open today, according to its website.

7:27am

West Oxford Community Primary School will be open today, according to the Ferry Hinksey Road school's website.

7:26am

Road closures that were in force for these places are no longer in place:

- Kennington Road, Kennington, by the A34 slip road

- Ferry Hinksey Road, off Botley Road in Oxford

- West Hagbourne village - York Road to Main Street

- B4106 Blewbury Road, East Hagbourne

- Hithercroft Road from the roundabout at Bosley Way near Wallingford to Anchor Lane at South Moreton

- Thameside, Henley from Hart Street to Friday Street

7:21am

These are the current road closures:

 

- Abingdon Road and Weirs Lane, Oxford. 

- Lower Road, Islip

- London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood

- Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael

- B478 at Playhatch

- The road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction

- Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)

- Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)

- Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village

- Binsey Lane, Oxford

- Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge

- North Moreton to Wallingford road

- Minster Riding near the Old Swan Hotel near Minster Lovell

- Dry Lane, Crawley

- Junction of Evans Lane and Cherwell Avenue in Kidlington.

- Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay

- Godstow Road, Wolvercote

- B4009 Chinnor Road at Aston Rowant

- The road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard

- Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston

7:19am

See the Mail today for more from the council leader on this. It may be a frustrating few days for Abingdon Road.

7:19am

The latest official line from the county council on Abingdon Road....

 

"The Abingdon Road is currently closed. There is no estimate as to when it could re-open. It will be re-opened when water has receded enough to enable this to happen. Flood water levels on Abingdon Road are being constantly monitored.
There have also been reports of drivers removing road closure signs on Abingdon Road and driving down it."

7:17am

In terms of First Great Western services today, this is the only relevant information available so far on their website for the county:

 

"Planned engineering work will take place.
Between London Paddington and Oxford via Reading and Didcot Parkway
from 02:00, Saturday 28 December 2013 to 02:00, Tuesday 02 December 2014.

"Additional Information: Saturday to Wednesday - A revised train service with a reduced frequency will be in operation between London Paddington, Didcot Parkway and Oxford."

7:15am

This is the latest information today from the Oxford Bus Company:

 

The Botley Road has now reopened and the City4, P&R 400 and Brookes Bus U1 are now back to their normal route.

The road through Kennington is now open again too. The City 2/5 services are running through to the railway station again.

Abingdon Road remains closed for now.

The details:

- cityX3/X13: diverting from Abingdon to Redbridge, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse.

- city35: Travelling from Oxford along the Iffley Road  to Redbridge then picking up normal their route

- park&ride300: from Redbridge to Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road to the city centre. The reverse will apply for services operating from Oxford to Redbridge.

- city2: As a result of continuing floods and roadworks along Evans Lane, service 2A will operate via Oxford Road direct to Grovelands. Service 2 will operate via the Moors, High St and then Oxford Road en route to Oxford city.

Due to the considerable increased distance these diversions cover, services will be delayed.

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7:07am

Reports this morning of street cleaners working on Abingdon Road.

7:06am

Seacourt Park and Ride is now open again, although some spaces may be affected by flood water.

7:06am

The traffic lights at the junctions of Botley Road and Ferry Hinksey Road are still not working this morning. They were down yesterday evening.

7:03am

If you are driving in today, the High Street restrictions normally in place during working hours on traffic are back in force.

They were lifted when Botley Road closed.

Yesterday, some reacted with anger on Twitter to the news.

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8:57am Mon 13 Jan 14

LittleBrother says...

A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle
A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle LittleBrother
  • Score: -82

12:05pm Mon 13 Jan 14

tinsel84 says...

B4016 between Sutton Courtenay and Drayton still closed despite no flooding!
B4016 between Sutton Courtenay and Drayton still closed despite no flooding! tinsel84
  • Score: -89

12:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

King Joke says...

LittleBrother wrote:
A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle
I cycled slowly past the EA guy this morning on the Abingdon Rd barricade, made eye contact and said 'hello' but he made no request for me to dismount so I didn't.

Whether they'll be requiring people to dismount when the gully-cleaning starts I don't know.

The roads which have been flooded have got a coating of slippery silt on them though so be careful out there!
[quote][p][bold]LittleBrother[/bold] wrote: A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle[/p][/quote]I cycled slowly past the EA guy this morning on the Abingdon Rd barricade, made eye contact and said 'hello' but he made no request for me to dismount so I didn't. Whether they'll be requiring people to dismount when the gully-cleaning starts I don't know. The roads which have been flooded have got a coating of slippery silt on them though so be careful out there! King Joke
  • Score: 25

1:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jacoxford says...

LittleBrother wrote:
A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle
Cyclists do not stop at traffice lights so I cant see them taking any notice of a road being closed. I must say though, this morning I saw one stop at a red light in Parks Road..........
[quote][p][bold]LittleBrother[/bold] wrote: A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle[/p][/quote]Cyclists do not stop at traffice lights so I cant see them taking any notice of a road being closed. I must say though, this morning I saw one stop at a red light in Parks Road.......... jacoxford
  • Score: -105

1:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Now that the floods have largely subsided, can I remind the Oxford Mail that January 13 was last year. On this side of the Atlantic today is known as 13th January.
Now that the floods have largely subsided, can I remind the Oxford Mail that January 13 was last year. On this side of the Atlantic today is known as 13th January. King Joke
  • Score: 24

1:42pm Mon 13 Jan 14

WitneyGreen says...

King Joke wrote:
LittleBrother wrote:
A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle
I cycled slowly past the EA guy this morning on the Abingdon Rd barricade, made eye contact and said 'hello' but he made no request for me to dismount so I didn't.

Whether they'll be requiring people to dismount when the gully-cleaning starts I don't know.

The roads which have been flooded have got a coating of slippery silt on them though so be careful out there!
Not an Oxford thing, but the point about slippery surfaces is an important one! Langel Common in Witney is VERY slippery, and I saw both pedestrians and cyclists struggling this morning through a combination of a light frost and a light covering of silt. Be careful!
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LittleBrother[/bold] wrote: A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle[/p][/quote]I cycled slowly past the EA guy this morning on the Abingdon Rd barricade, made eye contact and said 'hello' but he made no request for me to dismount so I didn't. Whether they'll be requiring people to dismount when the gully-cleaning starts I don't know. The roads which have been flooded have got a coating of slippery silt on them though so be careful out there![/p][/quote]Not an Oxford thing, but the point about slippery surfaces is an important one! Langel Common in Witney is VERY slippery, and I saw both pedestrians and cyclists struggling this morning through a combination of a light frost and a light covering of silt. Be careful! WitneyGreen
  • Score: -90

3:06pm Mon 13 Jan 14

livid99 says...

jacoxford wrote:
LittleBrother wrote:
A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle
Cyclists do not stop at traffice lights so I cant see them taking any notice of a road being closed. I must say though, this morning I saw one stop at a red light in Parks Road..........
It was probably a colour-blind cyclist then !
[quote][p][bold]jacoxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LittleBrother[/bold] wrote: A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle[/p][/quote]Cyclists do not stop at traffice lights so I cant see them taking any notice of a road being closed. I must say though, this morning I saw one stop at a red light in Parks Road..........[/p][/quote]It was probably a colour-blind cyclist then ! livid99
  • Score: -126

3:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

uk_darla says...

LittleBrother wrote:
A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle
I am @uk_darla. I live in the area of Abingdon Road directly effected by the floods. I have lived there for over 25 years.

There was no water on the roads this morning, I do not have to dismount and walk, I was endangering no one, nor causing bow waves to enter peoples homes as there was no water.

For the record, I am also a car driver. I stop at traffic lights and obey road rules, whether driving or cycling.

Surely you all have better things to concern yourself with during Oxford's flooding than me cycling up a water free road this morning?
[quote][p][bold]LittleBrother[/bold] wrote: A reminder to @uk_darla (08:14) that "Road Closed" signs also apply to cyclists - you need to dismout and push your bicycle[/p][/quote]I am @uk_darla. I live in the area of Abingdon Road directly effected by the floods. I have lived there for over 25 years. There was no water on the roads this morning, I do not have to dismount and walk, I was endangering no one, nor causing bow waves to enter peoples homes as there was no water. For the record, I am also a car driver. I stop at traffic lights and obey road rules, whether driving or cycling. Surely you all have better things to concern yourself with during Oxford's flooding than me cycling up a water free road this morning? uk_darla
  • Score: 79

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