Rainfall tonight may cause more flooding in Oxfordshire

Herald Series: Oatlands Road Recreation Ground is completely flooded today. Oatlands Road Recreation Ground is completely flooded today.

MORE rainfall is expected tonight after flooding affected several parts of the county.

A flood alert is in place for a stretch of the Thames between several villages and hamlets in West Oxfordshire and open countryside near Wolvercote roundabout.

Today, the Environment Agency said more rainfall tonight was expected that could lead to river levels rising further still.

Several parts of the city and the wider county have been affected today, with several roads shut.

In West Challow, near Grove, the A417 is closed due to flooding at Silver Lane.

Elsewhere, the following road closures are in place:

- Ascot Under Wychwood - Shipton Road
- Islip - Lower Road
- Bicester - Mallards Way
- Barford St Michael, near Deddington - Lower Street, road closed due to flooding
- Wendlebury, south of Bicester – Main Street/Church Street, road closed due to flooding to highway
- Denchworth, near Grove - Brook Lane
- Cropredy to Wardington (under railway bridge)

A flood warning - issued when flooding is expected and householders and businesses nearby should take immediate precautions - is still in place today for a stretch along the Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, the Lower Bampton area and the area around Chimney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Oxford, the Oatlands Road Recreation Ground is completely flooded. The water has spilt into the adjoining car park on Ferry Hinksey Road.

 

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The allotments on Botley Road near the West Oxford Community Centre have also been partly flooded out.

 

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The Seacourt Stream, which runs under Botley Bridge near the Seacourt Park and Ride, is also high, with some areas of surrounding land waterlogged this morning.

 

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Water is lapping against one of the outer walls of the Richer Sounds shop.

 

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The Thames at Osney Lock is also high this morning.

 

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At Swinford Toll Bridge - which today does not have a toll in place, although charity donations are being accepted - passing motorists can see large stretches of open land that have flooded.

 

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The Environment Agency says the flood alert is in place for The River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton.

A statement from the Environment Agency today said: "River levels on the River Thames remain very high, but mostly stable though levels are continuing to rise very slowly in the Shifford area. The river remains responsive to further rainfall. The weather forecast is to expect a mainly dry day on Thursday but overnight and into Friday there will be futher showers, which may be heavy at times."

The weather today is set to be dry and bright, but there will be strong winds and rain in the county overnight, the Met Office says.

The rain will be heavy at times.

Tomorrow it will be wet and windy in the morning, with some heavy outbreaks of rain for a time. During the afternoon it will stay windy, with some heavy showers coming along.

Have you been affected? If so, call the newsdesk on 01865 425444 or e-mail news@oxfordmail.co.uk

For more information on flooding in the county, visit environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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4:08pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Myron Blatz says...

Cut the enviro-crud, just force local planning authorities to deny ANY further building on flood-plains, water meadows, and any low-lying land whoch may either become affected by, or contribute toward flooding - and also force farmers to rethink their over-usage of land.
Cut the enviro-crud, just force local planning authorities to deny ANY further building on flood-plains, water meadows, and any low-lying land whoch may either become affected by, or contribute toward flooding - and also force farmers to rethink their over-usage of land. Myron Blatz

5:55pm Thu 26 Dec 13

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Its because the powers that be make use of Oxfordshire as a flood plain to protect London with only piecemeal flood protection that this happens.
Its because the powers that be make use of Oxfordshire as a flood plain to protect London with only piecemeal flood protection that this happens. yabbadabbadoo256

8:11pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Myron Blatz says...

Have news for you, Yabba ..... them idiot and greedy local planning authorities all over the country allow building of both domestic and commercial properties - and as for the Thames and the small rivers and brooks which flow into it, I thought the water 'tends to flow from sources and eventually toward the sea, not the other way around. Yes, there is the effect of tidal water and risong sea levels, but as far as Oxfordshire is concerned, the problem is from source downwards not backwards, and run-off from fields, combined with 'concrete fields' of developments. We can stop building more developments on floodplains (in all parts of the UK) but we can't stop climate change - in the same way that many times in history, man couldn't stop the 'big freezes' which affected our planet. Would all this change if Labour got back into power in 2015? Well, some local town, City and County councillors may like to think they can 'walk on water' but reality is that mpst of the electorate still remember it was the previous Labour administration which spent 13 years failling to address the banks, NHS, housing and other important issues, let alone flooding!
Have news for you, Yabba ..... them idiot and greedy local planning authorities all over the country allow building of both domestic and commercial properties - and as for the Thames and the small rivers and brooks which flow into it, I thought the water 'tends to flow from sources and eventually toward the sea, not the other way around. Yes, there is the effect of tidal water and risong sea levels, but as far as Oxfordshire is concerned, the problem is from source downwards not backwards, and run-off from fields, combined with 'concrete fields' of developments. We can stop building more developments on floodplains (in all parts of the UK) but we can't stop climate change - in the same way that many times in history, man couldn't stop the 'big freezes' which affected our planet. Would all this change if Labour got back into power in 2015? Well, some local town, City and County councillors may like to think they can 'walk on water' but reality is that mpst of the electorate still remember it was the previous Labour administration which spent 13 years failling to address the banks, NHS, housing and other important issues, let alone flooding! Myron Blatz

4:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

The Foxy Lady says...

Im with you Myron.
Im with you Myron. The Foxy Lady

8:12am Fri 27 Dec 13

Geoff Roberts says...

This is happening because the previous Labour/Communist/Yog
urt Knitting regime in Oxford City/County/Parish Council signed a deal with the energy companies to start fracking and allow the ice caps to melt and cause the jet stream and north atlantic conveyor to go too far south over the country in order to give the tiny droplets of rain a means of escaping the humanitarian crisis in the mid Atlantic. We've got enough rain and wind of our own to deal with, Britian is full! I alone have enough wind for the whole of Oxfordshire!!! What am I supposed to do with it all?!!! There aren't enough newspaper stories to get rid of it all in, especially since the council have built houses in the comments sections!!! They've opened the floodgates!!
This is happening because the previous Labour/Communist/Yog urt Knitting regime in Oxford City/County/Parish Council signed a deal with the energy companies to start fracking and allow the ice caps to melt and cause the jet stream and north atlantic conveyor to go too far south over the country in order to give the tiny droplets of rain a means of escaping the humanitarian crisis in the mid Atlantic. We've got enough rain and wind of our own to deal with, Britian is full! I alone have enough wind for the whole of Oxfordshire!!! What am I supposed to do with it all?!!! There aren't enough newspaper stories to get rid of it all in, especially since the council have built houses in the comments sections!!! They've opened the floodgates!! Geoff Roberts

9:03pm Fri 27 Dec 13

East Oxford Web Watcher says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Cut the enviro-crud, just force local planning authorities to deny ANY further building on flood-plains, water meadows, and any low-lying land whoch may either become affected by, or contribute toward flooding - and also force farmers to rethink their over-usage of land.
Wrong Myron. Just look at pictures taken back in the 50s where most of Oxford From Jericho, to South and West Oxford regularly flooded. Since then Thousands of houses have been built,yet the areas of being Oxford and houses being flooded has reduced drastically. Explain that one without contradicting yourself please.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Cut the enviro-crud, just force local planning authorities to deny ANY further building on flood-plains, water meadows, and any low-lying land whoch may either become affected by, or contribute toward flooding - and also force farmers to rethink their over-usage of land.[/p][/quote]Wrong Myron. Just look at pictures taken back in the 50s where most of Oxford From Jericho, to South and West Oxford regularly flooded. Since then Thousands of houses have been built,yet the areas of being Oxford and houses being flooded has reduced drastically. Explain that one without contradicting yourself please. East Oxford Web Watcher

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