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Good morning. Monday's flood blog is now up and running - with some good news for a couple of flood warnings and flood alerts in Oxfordshire, and on the trains for commuters today.
There are now 170 homes remaining without power in Oxfordshire following Friday's storm.
Initially more than 7,000 homes were affected and those still without power live in Ducklington and Fulbrook in West Oxfordshire and Steeple Aston near Bicester.
Southern Electric says engineers will work through the night to try to restore power to homes.
Flood defences taking shape in South Hinksey. http://t.co/wH1HDXpK0E— @matthew_barber 16 February 2014
Following works this weekend, a near-normal service between Reading & Paddington will run tomorrow. Ticket restrictions are still lifted.— @FGW 16 February 2014
The latest update from Southern Electric says there are now 574 homes still without power in Oxfordshire.
Staff are working to restore power for families following the storm on Friday.
A total of 7,000 homes were hit by the power cut and houses in the Ducklington and Fulbrook areas in West Oxfordshire, and in Steeple Aston near Bicester, are still affected.
FLOOD warnings have been lifted this morning on the River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard and at Dorchester and Overy but flood alerts remain in force in these areas.
And flood alerts have been lifted on the following watercourses:
- River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford, including Cropredy, Banbury, Kings Sutton and Hook Norton
- Clanfield Brook at Clanfield and the Shill Brook at Bampton
- Sor Brook and Bloxham Brook and their tributaries from Horley and Bloxham to Adderbury.
CHILTERN Railways, CrossCountry and Network Rail say they are expecting that trains will resume between Banbury and Leamington Spa tomorrow.
Network Rail engineers are still working today to stabilise a landslip in a cutting near Harbury tunnel in Warwickshire, which happened on Friday morning, but trains should be able to run tomorrow, subject to speed restrictions.
However, there is likely to be further disruption next weekend when further repair work in the cutting will be required. Details of the effect on train services will be provided later this week.
First Great Western is running a normal Sunday timetable on all its routes through Oxfordshire, after alterations to flood-damaged signal equipment between Maidenhead and Twyford were completed.
And the majority of FGW trains in the Thames Valley and Cotswolds will run as timetabled tomorrow but there may be short-notice cancellations and delays, due to reduced capacity and speed restrictions through the section of track affected.
Restrictions on FGW tickets will continue to be lifted all day tomorrow.
But problems continue further west, with the Taunton to Bristol line blocked by flooding and the line from Exeter to Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall closed at Dawlish due to storm damage. There is also disruption to the main line through Cornwall and some branch lines.
Passengers travelling to and from the South West are advised to check for the latest information at the FGW website.
RIVER levels on tributaries of the Thames above Oxford have now stabilised and are starting to fall after the rain on Friday and yesterday pushed them up rapidly.
After peaking at 2.2m yesterday, the River Evenlode at Shipton-under-Wychwood is now down to 2.02m.
At Witney, the Windrush rose from 1.83m on Friday to peak at 2.06m this morning. The latest reading is 2.05m.
This 100ft fir tree was one of more than 100 trees to come down across Oxfordshire in Friday's storm.
It fell on the home of antique dealer Julia Cox, who lives in Steeple Aston, near Bicester.
Hundreds of residents this morning in rural parts of Oxfordshire are still without power.
There are 627 homes in the county still without electricity, according to Southern Electric.
A total of 7,000 houses in the county were hit by power cuts during the storm which swept the UK on Friday night.
Power to most of the houses was restored by this morning, but houses in Ducklington and Fulbrook in West Oxfordshire, and Steeple Aston, near Bicester were still affected.
Southern Electric spokesman Gavin Steel said engineers were working until the early hours of this morning to try and fix the damage.
They started working again at 6am to get power back for the rest if the homes.
London Welsh's game at Cornish Pirates today has been called off.
Right, we've had the good news so have to temper it with the weather forecast for the week.
While it will be dry today, light rain will return tomorrow morning. Tuesday is looking like light showers in the afternoon, but hopefully Wednesday will be largely dry.
Light rain is likely late Wednesday and it will then turn heavy for the whole of Thursday morning. Light showers will be off an on for the afternoon and night, says the Met Office.
Following work to signals normal service running today btw Reading & Pad with some small alterations. Please check at http://t.co/xU4favD3IS— @FGW 16 February 2014
Here's some good news for those of you working in London tomorrow:
We hope to run a much improved service between Reading & Paddington tomorrow. Please check before you travel at http://t.co/xU4favD3IS— @FGW 16 February 2014
Been waiting days for a weather #radar image like this - but so much water out there please stay #floodaware http://t.co/YPlWlYTA4P— @johncurtinEA 16 February 2014
David Cameron has warned that the flooding crisis is likely to get worse, even though Britain is set for a respite from the devastating winter storms.
The Prime Minister said while the weather was due to improve, the sheer volume of rain over recent weeks meant groundwater levels would keep rising in many places...
Click through for the rest of our story rounding up the national situation, including Lord Smith, the head of the Environment Agency, admitting he could have done better
A video bulletin from the Press Association:
For you bus passengers:
Oxford Bus Company are reporting no flood-related problems
Stagecoach is still saying that on Route 31 the Canning Crescent bus stop is closed outbound.
And Thames Travel:
Route 139 is still experiencing delays due to flooding through the route.
97 services are still diverting via Abingdon, then Drayton, then Milton.
X1 services are still diverting due to flooding at Milton village. This service is diverting via the Sutton Courtenay road.
Marlborough Road in Faringdon is closed and unable to be served.
Now while it may seem a lot nicer day and the situation not as serious as last weekend, we would like to repeat warnings from organisations such as our friends at Oxfordshire County Council not to use the towpaths.
We remain on a medium flood risk warning from the Environment Agency with the water levels rising following the rain over the past couple of days.
Flood warnings for our area remain
- River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
- River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
- River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
- River Thames at Culham
- River Thames in Abingdon
- River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
- River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
- River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick
- River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard including Newington
- River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas
If you need more information, please call us on 0800 072 7282 and quote the fault reference starting with a V. Areas where there are homes and businesses without power:
Fault reference V29177, Reported at 15/02/2014 19:20:00
4 known affected area(s)
V25477 and V28181, 15/02/2014 12:25:00
V26932, 15/02/2014 06:45:00
V26726, 15/02/2014 05:51:00
V26885, 15/02/2014 05:29:00
V28642, 15/02/2014 03:24:00
V26798, 15/02/2014 02:42:00
HENLEY ON THAMES
V26754, 15/02/2014 00:02:00
V26714, 14/02/2014 23:51:00
V26705, 14/02/2014 23:49:00
V26872, 14/02/2014 23:03:00
V26461, 14/02/2014 22:54:00
V26863, 14/02/2014 22:37:00
V25956, 14/02/2014 21:34:00
V25863, 14/02/2014 20:34:00
V25757, 14/02/2014 20:33:00
V25770, 14/02/2014 20:14:00
On the power cuts front, last night Scottish and Southern was estimating about 1,100 homes would still be without power following the high winds from Friday into Saturday. We're just pulling together a list of areas still without power for you this morning...
On the weather front we look set to get that dry day the Met Office has been promising us. However, it has been chilly overnight and there is a yellow warning about icy roads this morning so again a bit of caution if you're venturing out early doors.
First Great Western is saying for the Oxford and North Cotswold services to and from London Paddington:
Network Rail are continuing to work on (the flooding affected) signalling in the Maidenhead area over the weekend.
A normal Sunday timetable takes fewer trains than a standard weekday, and we therefore plan to run the advertised Sunday service today. There will be some small changes to this, please check JourneyCheck for the latest information before you travel.
We anticipate running a significantly improved service from Monday. Please check before travelling.
Some good news from First Great Western for the first time in a few days - the service between Paddington and Oxford, through to Worcester is listed as a good service. More details to come...
On the rail front, still problems for those of you whose travel involves going or coming from north of Banbury because of a landslip.
Last night we were told the line will remain closed to passenger trains again today while Network Rail engineers continue work to stabilise the cutting near Harbury tunnel in Warwickshire where the landslip happened.
Buses will continue to replace Chiltern and CrossCountry trains between Banbury and Leamington Spa, with Chiltern trains operating between Banbury and London Marylebone and Leamington and Birmingham. CrossCountry services will run between Banbury, Oxford and the South Coast and north of Leamington.
Network Rail hopes to reopen the line early on Monday, although there will be speed restrictions past the landslip, resulting in extended journey times, and further repair work may be required next weekend, which could mean more alterations to train services.
A handful of freight trains have been allowed to pass the site of the landslip today at walking pace.
Just for catch up Abingdon Road and Botley Road are of course open. And Seacourt Park and Ride is also open for those of you coming in to shop in the city today.
At least we seem to be waking to a much nicer day for a start.
The roads currently listed as closed are:
- Lower Street, Islip
- Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
- Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
- Spring Lane, Playhatch
- Grove Road, Harwell
- Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
- B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
- High Street, Clifton Hampden
- B478 Sonning Bridge
- Road through the village of North Weston to Shabbington Rd
- Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
- Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
- Old Wharf Road, Longcot
- High Street, Drayton St Leonard
- London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
- Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
- Dry Lane, Crawley
- Mill Lane, Henley
- Mill Rd, Lower Shiplake from the junction of Mill Rd / Mill Lane to the junction of Mill Rd / New Rd
Good morning. Welcome to our blog updating you on the latest information about the flooding that has been affecting Oxfordshire and Oxford.