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Three rivers remain on flood watch

12:27pm Sunday 7th September 2008

Three Oxfordshire rivers remain on flood watch today.

Flooding: road closure update

2:21pm Wednesday 4th June 2008

There are now only a few roads which are still closed following major flooding across Oxfordshire yesterday.

UPDATE: Roads still hit by floods

8:18am Wednesday 4th June 2008

A number of roads across Oxfordshire are still blocked this morning following yesterday's flash flooding.

Update: Teenager dead after storm drain rescue attempt

Oxford Mail: The scene in Eastfield Road last night

10:58pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

A 17-year old boy has died after being trapped in a storm drain in Witney.

Two boys hauled from flooded drain

9:56pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Firefighters, paramedics and police have been involved in the dramatic rescue of two boys trapped in a flooded drain in Witney.

County hit by floods - update

Oxford Mail: Josie Hamill outside her home in Barton Village Road, Oxford

8:03pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Oxfordshire suffered major flooding for the third time in a year today as the county's infrastructure failed to cope with a heavy deluge.

Flooding: Cotswold Line rail delays

6:05pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Trains between Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh, in Gloucestershire, are being disrupted by flooding at Shipton-under-Wychwood.

Worst of flooding ‘is over’

5:20pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Fire crews believe the worst of the flooding may be over after dealing with more than 120 emergency calls today.

Flooding closes roads

5:17pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

A series of roads across the county have been closed due to flooding.

Flooding: Rail services update

4:36pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

First Great Western services between Didcot Parkway and Swindon are being disrupted by flooding at Challow.

Flooding: River warning upgraded

4:07pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

The River Ray at Islip has been placed on the highest level of flooding alert.

Flooding: Fire crews called in

Oxford Mail: Shoppers in Cornmarket Street during the heavy rain

2:11pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

More reports are coming in of flash flooding around the county due to today's heavy rain.

Flooding: Rain closes school

1:41pm Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Heavy rain in Oxford has led to the closure of Peers School in Littlemore.

Anti-flooding holes being drilled

11:22am Wednesday 16th April 2008

Environment Agency staff started drilling boreholes in Oxford yesterday to help prevent further major flooding in the city.

Flood defences 'waste of money'

Oxford Mail: Alison Cobb

6:35am Tuesday 15th April 2008

Flood victims have reacted angrily after being told that protecting their homes from rising water is "ultimately" down to them.

Flood action 'too little, too late'

Oxford Mail: Abingdon Road residents with Richard Hooper's flood barrier

5:41pm Wednesday 26th March 2008

Families living in fear of flooding have said a £95,000 investment in flood improvements by South Oxfordshire District Council is "too little, too late".

Flood-hit pub back in business

Oxford Mail: Landlord Richard Lait at the Swan

9:07pm Wednesday 19th March 2008

The champagne corks were flying tonight as a west Oxfordshire pub opened its doors for the first time since last summer's flooding in the Evenlode valley.

Flooding ‘just a freak event’

Oxford Mail: Terry Marsh

6:56pm Tuesday 11th March 2008

The devastating floods that swept through Oxfordshire last July were a freak event unrelated to climate change, according to a new report.

Residents launch flooding groups

Oxford Mail: Roger Hommer, Ken Plumley, Don Summers, Geoff Chown, Colin Gillot, Marion Plumley. Crouching, is Bill Melotti, Conservative district councillor

4:28pm Friday 22nd February 2008

A new Neighbourhood Watch-type scheme will help hundreds of householders beat the sort of flooding which devastated their homes last summer.

'Get on track to end floods'

Oxford Mail: The line between Hinksey and Kennington in January 2003, a scene repeated last July

2:12pm Monday 4th February 2008

Action to protect the main railway line through Oxford from flooding should be a priority for Network Rail, according to the body representing the rail freight industry.

Fields ‘sacrificed to save London’

Oxford Mail: Farmer John Hook with flooded fields at Cote, near Bampton

6:00am Thursday 24th January 2008

The National Farmers Union has promised to tackle the Environment Agency after fields were submerged again in the latest floods.

Flood threat subsides in county

11:47am Monday 21st January 2008

River levels across Oxfordshire were predicted to continue falling today as the threat from flooding subsides.

Flood warning remains in place

9:03am Monday 21st January 2008

A flood warning remained in place this morning on the River Thames through Oxfordshire.

Water levels 'falling' in Oxford

Oxford Mail: Bullstake Close residents with Oxford City Council staff

6:44am Monday 21st January 2008

Hopes were rising last night that water levels were falling and homes in Oxford had escaped flooding.

Flooding: Close call for rail link

Oxford Mail: Water on the tracks near Kennington. Picture by Mark Bassett

9:10pm Sunday 20th January 2008

This picture shows how close the Oxford-Didcot railway line came to being closed by flooding for the second time in six months.

Flooding: Threat receding but vandals strike

11:39am Sunday 20th January 2008

The threat of flooded homes is "quickly receding" - although vandals have attacked a barrier overnight.

Flooding: Defences 'saved city homes'

10:46am Sunday 20th January 2008

More than 30 homes in Oxford have been saved from flooding, according to the county council's emergency planner.

Flooding: Rail services update

10:33am Sunday 20th January 2008

The Oxford-Didcot railway line is expected to remain open throughout today, despite high river levels at Kennington, First Great Western said this morning.

Flooding: Situation said to be stable

8:57am Sunday 20th January 2008

Emergency planners said this morning they believed water levels had stabilised.

Flooding: families warned of being cut off

5:08pm Saturday 19th January 2008

Families at a flooded Oxfordshire caravan park were told to evacuate today or face being cut off for two days.

Power cut hits Oxford homes

5:04pm Saturday 19th January 2008

Thousands of homes across the Headington and Cowley areas Oxford are without power this evening.

Flooding: Voluntary evacuations begin

4:10pm Saturday 19th January 2008

Families in Bablock Hythe are being given the option of voluntary evacuations.

Flooding: Three people evacuated

12:49pm Saturday 19th January 2008

Three people had to be evacuated from a caravan park in Bablock Hythe, near Witney, last night as water levels rose significantly.

Flooding: Officials contiue optimism

11:02am Saturday 19th January 2008

Oxfordshire's emergency planners this morning continued to say they were optimistic there would not be widespread flooding.

Flooding: Rail services latest

10:34am Saturday 19th January 2008

The Oxford-Didcot railway line remains at risk of flooding today after overnight rain kept the level of the River Thames very high.

City homes escape the floods

10:33am Saturday 19th January 2008

Homes in Oxford made it through the night unscathed with no reports of flooding from any of the areas under threat.

Flooding: 6am travel update

6:00am Saturday 19th January 2008

Rail operator First Great Western said last night that the threat of flooding at Kennington closing the Oxford-Didcot railway line had receded for the time being.

Fixtures rained off

Oxford Mail:

8:18pm Friday 18th January 2008

FIFTY football matches across Oxford have been called off this weekend.

Floods — 'we're prepared'

Oxford Mail: Terry Webb, pictured with his child Zakk, seven months, is prepared for flooding in Ock Street, Abingdon

8:06pm Friday 18th January 2008

Armed and ready for anything, homeowners say they are as prepared as they can be for flood water which could soon pour into their homes.

Flooding: Threat to rail link

3:46pm Friday 18th January 2008

First Great Western is warning that the Oxford-Didcot railway line may be closed by flooding later today.

Flooding: Football matches called off

1:59pm Friday 18th January 2008

All weekend football matches on Oxford City Council pitches have been called off because they are waterlogged.

Police rescue naked swimmers

12:50pm Friday 18th January 2008

Police rescued three men after they jumped naked into the Oxford Canal - for a swim.

Floodwater pumping under way in city

Oxford Mail: Bullstake Close resident Jalal Khan by the pump which has been installed to  trying to save his home from flooding.

10:08am Friday 18th January 2008

Water pumps have been called into action for the first time this year in Oxford.

Flood pump stolen - and recovered

9:24am Friday 18th January 2008

A Water pump delivered to residents in Osney Island in Oxford to combat flooding was stolen - and then recovered hours later by police.

Householders still on flood alert

8:24am Friday 18th January 2008

THREE flood warnings were still in place on Oxfordshire rivers this morning - but only residents in one west Oxfordshire village have been flooded so far.

Flooding: Rail engineering work cancelled

6:15am Friday 18th January 2008

Due to the threat of heavy rain and flooding over the weekend, Network Rail has cancelled engineering work due to take place between Didcot and Swindon.

Flooding: Get your sandbags here

10:51pm Thursday 17th January 2008

People at risk of flooding can pick up sandbags from locations around the county.

Flooding: Road closures update

10:39pm Thursday 17th January 2008

Burcot Lane in Berinsfield has been closed to traffic tonight due to flooding caused when Queensford Lake overflowed.

Flooding: Rail travel update

9:16pm Thursday 17th January 2008

First Great Western is warning passengers that its train services could be affected by flooding tomorrow evening and Saturday if heavy rain causes a rise in river levels.

Flooding: Villagers suffer again

Oxford Mail: Chris Stevens with his wife Sue, centre, and daughter Samantha

9:10pm Thursday 17th January 2008

Homes in the west of the county were already under water today - for the second time in six months.






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