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Blog: Oxfordshire flooding latest, Saturday, January 11
Updated 10:38pm Saturday 11th January 2014 in News
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- Botley Road and Abingdon Road will not reopen today
- It is not clear when they will reopen
- But Botley Road could open partly at some point after 7am on Sunday
- Flood waters have fallen back on both roads
- A number of flood warnings are still in place
- More rain will fall in the coming days
- But Oxfordshire has now seen the worst of the flooding
@TheOxfordMail The flooding in Abingdon Road today http://t.co/1FZJf9I8JO— @lau_amyf1 11 January 2014
#Radley Flooding at Radley. We're hoping to run a full Sunday timetable. There may be delays & alterations because of speed restrictions— @FGW 11 January 2014
And from Jonathan Price at the Isis Farmhouse:
The towpath is dry between Donnington Bridge and Iffley village, and The Isis Farmhouse is open as normal today and tomorrow between 10:30 and 7.
We are completely surrounded by floodwater, apart from a stepping stone path to our front door.
Levels are dropping quickly here now, and the Meadows are looking beautiful in the sunshine. See attached photos. Final levels here were a little higher than 1998, 2003, 2007, and 2012, and lead to our wet carpets needing to be rolled up on Thursday night and thrown into canoes outside, and floated away! The flood mark on our bar shows the 1947 flood here was 45cm higher than Thursday's peak. Food for thought.
An abandoned car at Oatlands Rec off Ferry Hinksey Rd. These three images are from Richard Preston.
There once was a park there.
And Helen Rd.
This is flooding by the Botanical Gardens taken yesterday by Mike Lester
9:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14
After all the fantastic efforts of the Environment Agency, City and County Council teams and the postman over the last few days can't quite believe the number of selfish inconsiderate drivers who ignored the "Road Closed" signs and went through the puddles on Botley Road that little bit too fast this afternoon...
The lock at Abingdon from an anonymous reader
Here come a few readers pictures that have come in today.
This has come in on media reports today.
A man was rescued from a car trapped on a flooded road at Great Brook in Chimney in West Oxfordshire in an area of the Thames at 9:20pm last night.
The area has been hit by the flooding and a road closure is in place there.
The car was reportedly in several feet of water.
The motorist was more than 100 metres into the flooded road.
Crews used an inflatable rescue sled to access the car and take the driver to safety, reports say.
Apologies, but we can't give an estimation currently about when Botley Road will be fully re-opened to all traffic. We'll keep you updated— @OxfordshireCC 11 January 2014
Once Botley Road has been cleaned tomorrow from 7am it could be opened for limited passage. Updates via: http://t.co/wbHF10jV6y— @OxfordshireCC 11 January 2014
Oxford's Botley Road will be completely closed to all traffic from 7am on Sunday to allow for road cleansing work to be done.— @OxfordshireCC 11 January 2014
The others still shut are:
- Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
- Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
- North Moreton to Wallingford road
Chinnor Road in Aston Rowant, in the east of the county, is not open.
Drayton Road in Sutton Courtenay is still closed.
The junction of Evans Lane and Cherwell Avenue in Kidlington is still blocked.
Not dry at all - and still flooded and shut: Dry Lane, Crawley, near Witney.
Still closed: Minster Riding, near the Old Swan Hotel near Minster Lovell.
Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge is still not open.
Binsey Lane off Botley Road remains closed.
The link road from South Hinksey to the A34 is closed.
Staff at the Oxford Mail know this all to well - Ferry Hinksey Road, off Botley Road and on the route that takes you to our office, is still shut.
Kennington Road in Kennington is closed by the A34 slip road.
Both the Wytham road to Wolvercote, which goes under the A34 bridge, and Godstow Road in Wolvercote itself, remain shut to flooding.
South of Oxford, where more flooding had been expected today, the High Street from Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham is still shut.
Slightly south of Islip, the road to Woodeaton from the country lane known as B4027 to the Elsfield/ Marston junction is still shut.
In the south-east of the county - just within Oxfordshire boundaries - the B478 at Playhatch is still shut.
Near Bloxham, Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael is closed due to flooding.
London Lane in Ascott-under-Wychwood - four miles south of Chipping Norton - is still shut.
The county council says Lower Road and Mill Road are both shut, with a diversion via Kings Head Lane. We think they mean Lower Street and Mill Street, both of which are prone to flooding.
We have listed the road closures on our site every day. With several still in force because of the flooding, here is a bit more detail on those other than Botley Road and Abingdon Road for those who might need it...
The Environment Agency says the River Thames is expected to stop rising in all parts within the next 24 hours, but it may be some days before the levels are back to normal.
"Along the length of the Thames, from Lechlade through Oxford and down to Reading we are seeing levels, although high, begin to fall slowly," a spokesman said.
This is what Oxfordshire County Council is saying about Botley Road and Abingdon Road this evening:
"These roads are still closed. However, there have been reports of some drivers removing 'road closed' signage and driving down both Abingdon and Botley Roads.
There is currently no estimate as to when these roads will re-open.
They will be re-opened when water has receded enough to enable this to happen and they are being constantly monitored."
The Met Office is predicting more rain for the Oxford area on Sunday night and Monday night, with a day of rain again on Wednesday.
#Radley There's flooding at Radley. Disruption between Didcot Parkway and Oxford. There's an hourly train shuttle between Oxford and Didcot.— @FGW 11 January 2014
And.... a #BoatRace tweet nobody can diss “@Andy_Hawkes: Boat race down the Abingdon Road! http://t.co/EvyO5otFwi” #OxfordFloods— @londonette 11 January 2014
Botley Road and Abingdon Road will not reopen to traffic today, Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed.
Abingdon Road and Botley Road are still closed due to flood water. Please don't ignore or move the road closed signs.— @OxfordCity 11 January 2014
@johnjdc @TheOxfordMail hey waitaminute: http://t.co/tI7xdpnoTV— @macleanalan 11 January 2014
Abbey meadows, Abingdon, Oxfordshire @TheOxfordMail http://t.co/D3obeQ30oe— @LouisaTucker 11 January 2014
@TheOxfordMail The flooding in Abingdon Road today http://t.co/1FZJf9I8JO— @lau_amyf1 11 January 2014
Good news for rail passengers - First Great Western has just said that it has been advised by Network Rail that falling water levels at Redbridge mean that a normal Sunday service is expected to operate between Oxford, Didcot, Reading and London and on the Cotswold Line through West Oxfordshire to Worcester.
The message this afternoon from the Environment Agency is clear - communities living along the Thames do need to remain vigilant to the risk of flooding.
The EA says along the length of the Thames, from Lechlade in Gloucestershire through to Oxford and down to Reading, water levels remain high but are falling slowly.
Temporary flood defences remain in place to protect homes in Oxford and there are 49 flood warnings and 75 flood alerts in place across the South East.
People are being urged to avoid driving or waking through flood water.
Flood and coastal risk manager Ian Tomes said: "River levels will remain high for the next dew days and we expect to see further property flooding."
Two of the major routes into Oxford, the Botley and Abingdon roads, remain closed.
Just seen a Volkswagon driver splash a pedestrian on Botley Road and then drive away laughing. What idiots live amongst us! @TheOxfordMail— @Stuartaward 11 January 2014
This is the latest assessment from the Environment Agency on the waterways threading through or past Botley Road and Abingdon Road - namely, the River Thames and its tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford:
"River levels in the Oxford area have reached their maximum levels and are falling slowly however, we can expect levels to remain high over the coming days. River levels remain sensitive to further rainfall."
Gritters out in the north from 3pm, in the south from 5pm and in Oxford from 7pm— @OxfordshireCC 11 January 2014
With Abingdon Rd closed, there's extra traffic on Iffley Road. Banning parking on Iffley Road for the duration would help, @OxfordshireCC— @ParadiseOxford 11 January 2014
@OxfordshireCC The Abingdon Road is still looking wet and the closure is still in place. http://t.co/GMgtSbxSLr— @ianhudspeth 11 January 2014
An update from the Oxford Bus Company for passengers using park-and-ride route 300.
Due to closure of Abingdon Road because of the flooding and the resulting congestion on roads that are open in Oxford, the service has been split into two.
One section is running between the city centre and Pear Tree and the other between the city centre and Redbridge, diverted along Iffley Road.
As a result, route 300 buses cannot serve the stops in St Aldate's for the time being.
McDonald's in Botley Road off the Botley Interchange remains closed but there is hope for fast food fans.
A sign on the door reports that the restaurant will be reopening tomorrow at 6am.
Joanne Edwards was out this morning to take this picture of flood water in Botley Park.
The sun appears to be burning off some remaining flood water in Binsey Lane.
There is now much less water on Ferry Hinksey Road on the approach to the Osney Mead industrial estate where flood water has also drained away.
People passing along a traffic free Botley Road at the junction with Binsey Lane this morning.
There are signs of Botley Road in Oxford returning to normal with flood water on the road receding, and some local traffic getting through from Frideswide Square.
But the official road closures for Botley Road and Abingdon Road remain in place and it is not yet known when they will re-open.
City council staff are continuing to pump water from the Bullstake Close area of Botley Road and they say residents' homes there have not been flooded.
If you have to drive through flood water please drive slowly so you don’t cause a bow wave that could affect other drivers and properties— @OxonFireRescue 11 January 2014
9:04am Sat 11 Jan 14
Wet Feet says
It's a gorgeos morning, and there are stunning reflections on the still floodwater down on the Abingdon Road. Keen photographers should get their wellies on and come down here, and support some local businesses whilst you're here - they need it!
@OxfordBusCo @BBCOxford @oxfordtimes @theoxfordmail @DailyInfoOxford @oxfordcity Abingdon Road this morning http://t.co/PpjKY3ARWT— @Oxfordwolf 11 January 2014
Stagecoach and Thames Travel are warning passengers on their buses to expect longer journeys today due to diversions and congestion in Oxford caused by the closures of Abingdon Road and Botley Road.
The following alterations continue to apply on Stageoach services:
- 11, 66, S1 and X30: Diverted between the city centre and Botley along the A34 and Woodstock Road
- 2/2A: Due to a sewer collapse in Evans Lane, Kidlington buses cannot use Evans Lane and Mill Street. Route 2A is diverting via the A4260 (Oxford Road and Banbury Road) and route 2 is running via Grovelands, Banbury Road, The Moors, High Street and Oxford Road, stopping on the opposite side of High Street compared to usual.
- S3: Buses are terminating in the city centre and will not serve the Oxford railway station. The nearest stop to the station is at Gloucester Green bus station
- 3: Buses are terminating in the city centre and will not serve the Oxford railway station. The nearest stop to the station is Bonn Square.
- 16/16A: Diverted due to the flooding of Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge via Iffley Road.
- 31 and 34: Diverted via Iffley Road.
- 18: Buses cannot serve Bablockhythe and Northmoor due to flooding and are diverted on the main road between Standlake and Stanton Harcourt.
@TheOxfordMail Lake Isis from @HinkseyHeights. http://t.co/n91uco8uWX— @kiltedsplendour 11 January 2014
Just for a bit of official confirmation:
Abingdon Road and Botley Road in Oxford are both still closed to traffic this morning because of flooding— @OxfordshireCC 11 January 2014
Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston has been closed because of flooding— @OxfordshireCC 11 January 2014
Here's today's update from Oxford Bus Company
Saturday sees no change from yesterday's situation, as Abingdon and Botley Roads unfortunately remain closed. As such, the following diversions are in place:
cityX3/X13: due to the closure of Abingdon Road, services are diverting from Abingdon to Redbridge, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse.
city4, BROOKESbusU1 users: due to the closure of Botley Rd services are diverting from the end of Botley Rd to A34, Woodstock Rd, then George St to the city centre. The reverse route will apply for services leaving the city centre towards Botley/Harcourt Hill/Cumnor/Dean Court/Abingdon. Please note: in the diverted section between Castle Street and Botley our drivers are not able to pick up or drop off passengers.
city35: not serving Lower Kennington due to flooding. Services are operating from Kennington along Bagley Wood Road, then Hinksey Hill, Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate up to the same diversion in reverse. Redbridge is not being served by city35 in either direction.
park&ride300: from Redbridge to Heyford Hill, Littlemore roundabout, Iffley Road to the city centre. The reverse will apply for services operating from Oxford to Redbridge.
park&ride400: due to the closure of Seacourt park and ride, park&ride400 will not serve Seacourt. Services from Thornhill will terminate at the rail station.
city2: As a result of continuing floods and roadworks along Evans Lane, service 2A will operate via Oxford Road direct to Grovelands. Service 2 will operate via the Moors, High St and then Oxford Road en route to Oxford city.
city3/5: As a result of delays to all services the city3 and city5 will terminate in the city centre and not serve the Rail Station. For travel onward to the Rail Station, please board a park&ride400 at the High Street or Speedwell Street that will carry you free of charge to the Rail Station. From the Rail Station the park&ride400 bus will park at the city5 stop and carry you to Speedwell Street or High Street to return toward Iffley Rd or Rose Hill.
Due to the considerable increased distance these diversions cover, services will be heavily delayed.
All other services are operating normal route but due to localised flooding and displaced traffic, heavy delays are expected.
And there are still problems on the trains between Oxford and Didcot.
Here's this morning's update from First Great Western. It says disruption is expected through to 6pm tomorrow.
Train services between Didcot Parkway and Oxford continue to be affected by flooding in the Hinksey area, because of this First Great Western and CrossCountry are operating a revised train service.
An hourly train shuttle service is operating between Didcot Parkway and Oxford; departing Didcot Parkway at XX26 minutes past the hour and departing Oxford at XX07 minutes past the hour. This shuttle service will be supported by rail replacement transport where required. CrossCountry are now starting to operate between Didcot Parkway and Oxford.
Fast services between London Paddington and Oxford will not operate. Local services between London Paddington and Oxford will only operate between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway.
Services between London Paddington and Worcester / Great Malvern / Hereford will operate between Worcester Foregate Street and Oxford with possible amended calling locations. All these services will be formed of 3 coaches.
Customers travelling from London Paddington to Oxford should consider travelling on Chiltern Railways services from London Marylebone to Banbury and change for Oxford; customers for Worcester / Great Malvern / Hereford should consider travelling on Virgin Trains from London Euston to Birmingham New Street and change for London Midland services to Worcester / Great Malvern / Hereford. Customers for Great Malvern & Hereford may also travel via Newport.
Local train services between Oxford and Banbury will operate as normal.
Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, London Midland, London Underground and Virgin Trains are accepting First Great Western tickets, ticket acceptance will remain in place until further notice.
Customers may also use First Worcester bus routes 550 & 551 between Worcester and Evesham via Pershore.
There are updates on specific services on its JourneyCheck site so if you have planned around a timetabled train, we recommend you click on the live link.
On the weather front it is forecast as sunny today and overcast tomorrow, according to the Met Office. Varying levels of rain for the county forecast early next week.
The Environment Agency is still listing Oxfordshire as being under what it terms medium risk of flooding throughout this weekend.
Abingdon and Botley roads remain closed this morning.
Here is the current list of road closures, according to Oxfordshire County Council
- The Botley Road in Oxford was closed to traffic on Wednesday at around 3.45am from the railway bridge by the train station to the road's junction with the A420 A34 slip road by McDonald's
- Much of Abingdon Road in Oxford is affected by flood water. This also includes Weirs Lane. Some motorists have been ignoring this closure. This is irresponsible. The closure is for the safety of motorists and nearby residents whose properties suffer from the effects of bow waves from passing vehicles.
- Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
- London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood due to flooding
- Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael closed due to flooding
- B478 at Playhatch
- Road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
- Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)
- Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)
- Kennington Road, Kennington by A34 slip road.
- Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford
- Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village
- Binsey Lane, Oxford
- Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge
- North Moreton to Wallingford road
- Minster Riding near the Old Swan Hotel near Minster Lovell
- Dry Lane, Crawley
- Junction of Evans Lane and Cherwell Avenue in Kidlington.
- Drayton Road, Sutton Courtney
- Thameside, Henley from Hart Street to Friday Street.
- Godstow Road, Wolvercote
- B4009 Chinnor Road at Aston Rowant
- Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
Flood signs have been installed at:
- Main Street - Clanfield
- Bloxham Rd – Banbury
- B4035 - Broughton Lane
- A361 at Fulbrook
- Merton to Islip road at Charlton-on-Otmoor
- B4016 Blewbury Road, East Hagbourne (previously closed, now passable with care)
- West Hagbourne Village – York Road to Main Street (previously closed now passable with care)
The Kennington Flood Barrier was erected by the Vale of White Horse District Council. It will remain up for the weekend.
Here's the updated Flood Warning list from the Environment Agency this morning. The Thames stretches remain, but the Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick was removed last night
- River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford
- River Thames and tributaries at Wolvercote in Oxford
- River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton
- River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near Oxford
- River Thames and tributaries at Sandford and Radley
- River Thames in Abingdon
- River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
- River Thames at Culham
- River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford Flood Warning
- River Thames at Goring and Streatley
- River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas
Good morning. Once again we are running a new blog today with the latest news, information, tweets and pictures of the floods.
Yesterday's blog for those who want to catch up is available here.
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