ALMOST 20 flood alerts and one more serious flood warning remain in place for Oxfordshire this morning.

Three red warnings had been issued for the Wendlebury Brook in Wendlebury near Bicester (which was inundated yesterday) and the River Cherwell from north of Banbury to Upper Heyford.

However, this morning the warnings at Wendlebury, and the River Cherwell from Charwelton to above Banbury, were lifted.

The flood warning at the River Cherwell, from below Banbury to just above Upper Heyford, remains in place.

This means property flooding is expecting, and residents are urged to move family, pets and valuables to safety and avoid contact with flood water.

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There are also amber alerts for rivers and brooks across Oxfordshire including the Thames through Oxford and Abingdon.

Oxford Mail:

Oatlands Road Recreation Ground off Botley Road.

The usually busy cycle path and footpath at University Parks in Oxford, known as Mesopotamia, was completely submerged this morning.

A reader who passed at 10.30am told us: "It's closed due to flooding, I had to turn back. It's completely under water."

He said some cyclists who attempted to pass ended up with water 'up to their heels'.

Addressing Oxford specifically, the Environment Agency has said: "Water levels on the River Thames in the Oxford area are high and water is out of banks in various places as a result of heavy rainfall over the past week.

"There is no further rainfall forecast tonight with a few showers tomorrow, but the risk of flooding remains as water moves through the river systems.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff have been in the area clearing weed/trash screens. Please remain safe and aware of your local surroundings and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, especially along the River Thames towpaths."

Oxford Mail:

Oxford Mail:

The river and flooded fields at University Parks. Pictures: Tom Cornfield

Residents have taken to social media to post photos of flooded areas.

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While the Met Office is not forecasting any more rain in the county until late this afternoon, some river levels are still rising from the heavy rain yesterday.

Flood alerts for Oxfordshire:

Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village and the Shill Brook for Bampton

Langford and Wendlebury Brooks from Stratton Audley down to near Merton

River Cherwell from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford

River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford

River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock

River Leach from Northleach to Mill Lane near Lechlade

River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip

River Thame and Chalgrove Brook

River Thames and its small tributaries from Calcutt to Lechlade

Oxford Mail:

River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne

River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock

River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford area

River Thames for the Abingdon Area

River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge

Sor Brook and The Bloxham Brook and their tributaries

Upper River Great Ouse in Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire


Heavy rains have also affected the rail service.

National Rail said that trains between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or suspended.

Disruption of the service is expected until the end of the day.