Update: Surface flooding closes shops in Witney after downpour, while sandbags put in to protect church

The scene in Witney

The scene in Witney

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WITNEY High Street has flooded, forcing some shops to close, while sandbags have been put around a church.

Drains along the High Street overflowed after a sudden downpour just after 1pm.

And police have warned drivers via Twitter to reduce their speed.

TVP Witney tweeted: “Sudden downpour high street Witney flooded please reduce your speed.”

Boots on 2-8 High Street was forced to close, but is still dispensing medicines.

Shop manager at Witney’s Clark Shoes Lucy Webb said: “The drains outside the shop have flooded. The water had come right up to the door, but it is going back down.”

The shoe shop has remained open, and Ms Webb said at least one other shop as well as had closed.

The county council’s highways team has put out sandbags around the High Street Methodist Church.

Council spokesman Owen Morton said: “Our highways team has supplied sandbags to Methodist church on the High Street, as a result of surface water flooding.

“The sandbags were to protect the building from surface water running off the highway.”

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3:09pm Thu 22 May 14

jonny1976 says...

Its not really a sudden downpour, we knew days ago that heavy rain was on the way
Its not really a sudden downpour, we knew days ago that heavy rain was on the way jonny1976
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Thu 22 May 14

YellowRose says...

It was sudden and everyone was sodden!
It was sudden and everyone was sodden! YellowRose
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Thu 22 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

did the supplied sandbags to the church actually cause the flooding I wonder?? what happened about supplying sandbags to everyone else in the street??
did the supplied sandbags to the church actually cause the flooding I wonder?? what happened about supplying sandbags to everyone else in the street?? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -1

8:38pm Thu 22 May 14

ReasonableGuy says...

So drivers are supposed to be checking their Twitter feed while driving for urgent messages from the police? Is there something not quite OK here?
So drivers are supposed to be checking their Twitter feed while driving for urgent messages from the police? Is there something not quite OK here? ReasonableGuy
  • Score: 4

10:04pm Thu 22 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Like other villages and towns across Oxfordshire, much of these flooding and flash-flooding issues can squarely be placed upon years of incapable local authority planning, allowing homes and commercial premises to be built without adequate infrastructure updating and provision. Additionally, an on-going regime by local and district councils of cut-backs over many years - not just since 2008 and the financial and economic depression. This has meant that drains, culverts and ditches have not received the regular maintenance which they need, with rainwater unable to quickly and safely drain-away from the pavemets and roads, with draons often clogged-up with months and even years of accumulated blockages.
Like other villages and towns across Oxfordshire, much of these flooding and flash-flooding issues can squarely be placed upon years of incapable local authority planning, allowing homes and commercial premises to be built without adequate infrastructure updating and provision. Additionally, an on-going regime by local and district councils of cut-backs over many years - not just since 2008 and the financial and economic depression. This has meant that drains, culverts and ditches have not received the regular maintenance which they need, with rainwater unable to quickly and safely drain-away from the pavemets and roads, with draons often clogged-up with months and even years of accumulated blockages. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 9

10:35pm Thu 22 May 14

the wizard says...

The area in the photo has always flooded as the drains from 25 years ago, and before that, were not adequate then and are definitely not capable now as since many re developments have taken place with no upgrade to the surface drains or sewers. The fault lays firmly with WODC for allowing developments to take place without upgrading the means to deal with the problems they generate, but of course they are happy to peddle spin and BS and never forget to remind folk should they not pay their rates.
The area in the photo has always flooded as the drains from 25 years ago, and before that, were not adequate then and are definitely not capable now as since many re developments have taken place with no upgrade to the surface drains or sewers. The fault lays firmly with WODC for allowing developments to take place without upgrading the means to deal with the problems they generate, but of course they are happy to peddle spin and BS and never forget to remind folk should they not pay their rates. the wizard
  • Score: 6

10:27am Fri 23 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

im curious why the church was favoured with sandbag protection when the shops werent
im curious why the church was favoured with sandbag protection when the shops werent yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 0

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