LiveFlood blog: Friday, February 7

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Summary

  • Flooding similar to last month's is expected again from Sunday
  • Abingdon Road and Botley Road are likely to close after flooding this weekend
  • More than 60 incidents have been attended by firefighters today
  • More flood warnings have been issued this evening in the county
  • Heavy rain is set to fall overnight

11:58pm

Heavy rain is set to fall in the Oxford area between midnight and 6am, according to the Met Office.

11:54pm

Another warning has also been issued in the south-east of the county for the River Thames in the Playhatch, Sonning and Sonning Eye area.

11:53pm

A further warning has been issued for another adjacent area in the east of the county as the River Thame crosses into Buckinghamshire.

The warning is for the River Thame from below Eythrope to Chiselhampton, and includes Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley and Chippinghurst.

11:50pm

Another flood warning has been issued for a cluster of three hamlets about four miles east of Oxford this evening.

It covers the River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard, including Newington. 

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10:21pm

Oxfordshire County Council has been issuing sandbags today to ward against floods.

By Friday evening, the county council said it had distributed more than 1,500 sandbags to locations such as Chalgrove, Henley, Playhatch, South Moreton, Wantage, Watlington, Burcott and Postcombe. 

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Drayton Road in Sutton Courtenay is closed because of flooding.

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8:26pm

Lower Icknield Road in Chinnor and Old Wharf Road in Longcot are closed due to flooding this evening 

7:14pm

Osney Court is on the brink of having its car park flooded tonight.

One resident - 52-year-old James Jefferson - said: "It is getting worse." 

7:08pm

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Oxford City Council has reopened its sandbag distribution points at Redbridge Park and Ride and at Seacourt Park and Ride. The council says it is prepared to recommence sandbag deliveries as water levels rise, probably sometime over the weekend.

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More torrential rain is expected across Oxfordshire this weekend.

Forecasters at the Met Office have issued an amber warning for 10-20 mm of rain to fall across the region until 9am on Saturday morning.

Further rain is forecast for the rest of the day and the Met Office has issued a warning for further heavy and squally showers.

The warning extends to 9am on Sunday morning, but is forecast to stop by 9am. Forecasters predict that the rest of Sunday will be cloudy.

5:47pm

Latest information on road closures:

  • Lower Street, Islip
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
  • Spring Lane, Playhatch
  • Grove Road, Harwell
  • Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
  • B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
  • High Street, Clifton Hampden
  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • Road through the village of North Weston near Postcombe
  • Witney to Crawley road at the junction with Hailey rd
  • B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • Sydenham Road into village from B4445 at Emmington
  • West Hagbourne – Main Street to York Street
  • Barford St John to Barford St Michael – Barford Rd
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd to B4027
  • South Morton, junction with Hithercroft
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Main Street, East Hanney
  • Wallingford Road, North Moreton
  • A417 Faringdon Road near Silver Lane (Mellors Garage), Challow
  • Hithercroft Road, South Moreton, at its junction with Anchor Lane and High Street

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Oxford City Council has just said it has taken the following steps:

  • Reopened its sand bag distribution points at Redbridge Park and Ride and at Seacourt Park and Ride.
  • Bolstered its standby arrangements for the weekend.
  • Ensured that it has sufficient staff resources to meet our part of the flood plan over the weekend and into next week.
  • Prepared to recommence sandbag deliveries as water levels rise, probably sometime over the weekend.
  • Reviewed arrangements for road closures with the county council.

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4:28pm

There are reports of flooding in Fir Tree Avenue Wallingford and of flooding in Milton Park in Didcot.

4:25pm

A stretch of Hailey Road in Witney has closed because of the flooding.

4:10pm

Abingdon Road and Botley Road are likely to close again in the coming days, the Environment Agency says.

4:02pm

There have been a further flood incidents that firefighters have attended since 8.20am. Some of those dealt with several houses or whole roads, officials say.

3:48pm

Here's a road sign in Chalgrove.

 

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3:37pm

Fire and rescue crews from Faringdon and Kidlington Fire Stations came to the aid of a school bus stuck in flood water on the road between Baulking and Kingston Lisle near Faringdon this morning.Herald Series:

The team called in a specialist water rescue crew and equipment from Kidlington.

They then used a rescue sled and dry suits to rescue 37 school children aged 11 to 18 from the bus, through deep flood water.

The children were then taken to waiting school buses. 

Kidlington Fire Station manger Julian Green said: "We would like to stress the importance of not driving or walking through flood water, with the hidden dangers of unknown depth, current, and contamination from sewage in the water."

3:23pm

Flooding is expected on Botley Road and Abingdon Road and road closures are being considered, the Environment Agency has just revealed.

The latest information we’ve had from the Environment Agency is that they are expecting flooding from Sunday onwards and it will be of a similar scale to the recent floods.

They have said council officials are currently considering closing roads when the flooding hits from Sunday and that demountable flood defences and pumps will be in place this weekend.

3:13pm

Steventon flooding, from reader Jamie Brown

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2:59pm

Sandbag deliveries in Bullstake Close, Oxford

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2:55pm

Ricky Dickenson has told us via Facebook: "Road from berinsfield to Drayton St Leonard Every Corner Its Flood Water About A Foot Deep"

2:53pm

Sandbags have just been delivered to Bullstake Close. The county council has distributed about 1,000 sandbags yesterday and today to Chalgrove, Henley, Playhatch, South Moreton, Wantage, Watlington, Burcott and Postcombe. 

2:34pm

Firefighters were out in Chalgrove earlier today trying to pump water away for residents.

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1:52pm

Leaders at Oxfordshire County Council have issued the latest advice regarding flooding.

Rodney Rose, deputy leader of the council, said: "It cannot be stressed enough that towpaths at the side of rivers are extremely dangerous places and they should be avoided at all costs.

"Basically you are risking your life if you are too near to high rivers flowing extremely quickly. Please just use your common sense, observe warning or closure signs and do not go near.

"Overnight there were cases of motorists attempting to drive through floodwater, becoming stranded and having to be rescued by fire and rescue.

"If you do this you risk permanent damage to your car and injury to yourself and others. You also risk creating bow waves that can flood people’s properties.

"Our firefighters, emergency planners, highways, social care and other staff are going to be on duty throughout the weekend preparing for flooding and helping Oxfordshire cope with it when it arrives."

1:13pm

 

Darren sent in another picture showing flooding in Langford Village, Bicester

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1:05pm

Herald Series: Severe flood warning for Mistley and Brantham

The latest flood warnings in place over the last 24 hours are:

  • Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton. 
  • River Ray from the Heath Bridge area to and including the Otmoor Basin. 
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas.
  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area. 
  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley.

Existing flood warning remains:

  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford. 

On the edge of the county:

  • River Thames from Henley down to Medmenham including Remenham and Mill End. 

Flood alerts - there are 17 in Oxfordshire (excluding Henley): 

  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton. 
  • Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village and the Shill Brook for Bampton. 
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury. 
  • River Cole and The Dorcan Brook for the East Swindon Area down to above Buscot Wick. 
  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.
  • Sor Brook and The Bloxham Brook and their tributaries from Horley and Bloxham to and including Adderbury
  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle. 
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.
  • Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay
  • River Leach from Northleach to Mill Lane near Lechlade including Fyfield and Little Faringdon. 
  • River Thames for the Abingdon Area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham. 
  • River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho. 
  • River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake.
  • 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. 
  • River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott. 

12:44pm

Our reporter in Chalgrove is saying there is water everywhere, with one resident saying they have never seen it like this.

Locals say the water is rising and homes have been flooded.

A fire engine is in the village pumping water away.

12:26pm

Advice from the county council regarding towpaths are: A number of tow-paths are currently affected by flooding in Oxfordshire. People are strongly urged to avoid any danger and avoid flooded tow-paths

12:26pm

Current road closures in the county are: 

  • Lower Street, Islip
  • Road from A329 to Drayton St Leonard
  • Great Brook Road from Buckland Road to Chimney near Aston
  • Spring Lane, Playhatch
  • Grove Road, Harwell
  • Icknield Road, South Stoke from Grove Road to Woodcote Road
  • B4016 between Blewbury and East Hagbourne
  • High Street, Clifton Hampden
  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • Road through the village of North Weston near Postcombe
  • Witney to Crawley road at the junction with Hailey rd
  • B4009 between Aston Rowant and Kinston Blount (also at Crowell )
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • Sydenham Road into village from B4445 at Emmington
  • West Hagbourne – Main Street to York Street
  • Barford St John to Barford St Michael – Barford Rd
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd to B4027
  • South Morton, junction with Hithercroft
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Main Street, East Hanney

12:24pm

Just as a catch-up, earlier this morning trains were cancelled between Oxford and Worcester because of flooding, but at 9.30am First Great Western announced the line was back open

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More from Chalgrove

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This car is stuck in floodwater in East Hanney

12:19pm

You can send in pictures to us at picturedesk@nqo.com or tweet us via @TheOxfordMail

12:19pm

St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Steventon is closed today following flooding on the Causeway and St Michael’s Way.
Headteacher Judy Spiller said: “There is flooding outside the front of the school and in the playground, but the school building is not flooded at the moment.”
A decision will be made over the weekend on whether the school will be closed again on Monday.

12:18pm

And we have pictures from the Hanneys from Nigel Kilbey

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12:17pm

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Here's Chalgrove High Street this morning, sent in by Julia Lawrence

11:52am

Good morning. We've tried to hold off launching a blog hoping the flooding would recede, but given the updates we are still getting it's time to start one.

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2:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

The water level on Christ Church meadows appears to have dropped overnight, something I find quite strange, considering it rained after I looked last night.
The water level on Christ Church meadows appears to have dropped overnight, something I find quite strange, considering it rained after I looked last night. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

3:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Gunslinger says...

Biffa appear to have given up on waste collections around Abingdon today. Nice to let people know.....
Biffa appear to have given up on waste collections around Abingdon today. Nice to let people know..... Gunslinger
  • Score: -2

3:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Sophia says...

The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff
The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff Sophia
  • Score: 16

4:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

doublehop says...

Sophia wrote:
The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff
I agree, thank goodness for Lockkeepers who are on site 24/7.
[quote][p][bold]Sophia[/bold] wrote: The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff[/p][/quote]I agree, thank goodness for Lockkeepers who are on site 24/7. doublehop
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

King Joke says...

Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon.

Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.
Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon. Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely. King Joke
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

remberingthe80s says...

i lay the blame for these floods clearly on the oxford city council, Oxfordshire country council, land owners. for years drains not cleared or rivers not cleaned out and the land owners that give the council back handers to turn the other way on cleaning the brooks and gulleys on the road side, they are not Oxfordshire born or bread outsiders that have money take the land and are just in it for the monies. also the councillors that dont even come from the town dont even care about the impact it is having in the long term. i am form oxford and seen this great place go to the dogs. too many dicisions made with money and no thought in the long term. this town is finished. too many cars and the colleges that have too much power. it is about time someone stood up against them.
i lay the blame for these floods clearly on the oxford city council, Oxfordshire country council, land owners. for years drains not cleared or rivers not cleaned out and the land owners that give the council back handers to turn the other way on cleaning the brooks and gulleys on the road side, they are not Oxfordshire born or bread outsiders that have money take the land and are just in it for the monies. also the councillors that dont even come from the town dont even care about the impact it is having in the long term. i am form oxford and seen this great place go to the dogs. too many dicisions made with money and no thought in the long term. this town is finished. too many cars and the colleges that have too much power. it is about time someone stood up against them. remberingthe80s
  • Score: -1

7:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

doublehop wrote:
Sophia wrote:
The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff
I agree, thank goodness for Lockkeepers who are on site 24/7.
Unfortunately, I have heard that they are yet again considering getting rid of lock-keepers! How they can even talk about this is beyond belief.
[quote][p][bold]doublehop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sophia[/bold] wrote: The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff[/p][/quote]I agree, thank goodness for Lockkeepers who are on site 24/7.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, I have heard that they are yet again considering getting rid of lock-keepers! How they can even talk about this is beyond belief. mytaxes
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9:18am Sat 8 Feb 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

King Joke wrote:
Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon.

Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.
Fair point, but with the water table so high already, one would expect any rain falling on flooded areas to stay there, as there's nowhere for it to go
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon. Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.[/p][/quote]Fair point, but with the water table so high already, one would expect any rain falling on flooded areas to stay there, as there's nowhere for it to go Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

8:24am Mon 10 Feb 14

King Joke says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
King Joke wrote: Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon. Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.
Fair point, but with the water table so high already, one would expect any rain falling on flooded areas to stay there, as there's nowhere for it to go
It's the funnelling effect Diligaf. The land area upstream is larger, so given equal rainfall everywhere, it is the rain falling on the Cotswolds, east of the watershed, which will give us the big surge. Local rain might give a tiny lift but it's the Cotswold rain that scuppers us.

That my Mystic KJ prediction was borne out vindicates this :-)
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon. Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.[/p][/quote]Fair point, but with the water table so high already, one would expect any rain falling on flooded areas to stay there, as there's nowhere for it to go[/p][/quote]It's the funnelling effect Diligaf. The land area upstream is larger, so given equal rainfall everywhere, it is the rain falling on the Cotswolds, east of the watershed, which will give us the big surge. Local rain might give a tiny lift but it's the Cotswold rain that scuppers us. That my Mystic KJ prediction was borne out vindicates this :-) King Joke
  • Score: 0

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