OXON: The ground in Oxfordshire is so saturated that it will take months of dry weather for the risk of flooding to go away, it has been claimed.

Barry Russell of the Environment Agency warned that any rain in the next couple of weeks could lead to more flooding.

He said: “The amount of water that the ground can take is at zero so any water which falls to earth will just run straight off.

“In my opinion it would take a couple of months of no rain for us to be in a position where the ground in Oxfordshire can take any water again.”

As of last night seven stretches of the River Thames were on flood warning in Oxfordshire including at Abingdon, Kennington and Osney.