LiveFlood blog: Sunday, February 16

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7:11am

Good morning. Monday's flood blog is now up and running - with some good news for a couple of flood warnings and flood alerts in Oxfordshire, and on the trains for commuters today.

7:32pm

There are now 170 homes remaining without power in Oxfordshire following Friday's storm.

Initially more than 7,000 homes were affected and those still without power live in Ducklington and Fulbrook in West Oxfordshire and Steeple Aston near Bicester.

Southern Electric says engineers will work through the night to try to restore power to homes.

 

6:52pm

6:52pm

3:07pm

The latest update from Southern Electric says there are now 574 homes still without power in Oxfordshire.

Staff are working to restore power for families following the storm on Friday.

A total of 7,000 homes were hit by the power cut and houses in the Ducklington and Fulbrook areas in West Oxfordshire, and in Steeple Aston near Bicester, are still affected.

12:54pm

FLOOD warnings have been lifted this morning on the River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard and at Dorchester and Overy but flood alerts remain in force in these areas.

And flood alerts have been lifted on the following watercourses:

  • River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford, including Cropredy, Banbury, Kings Sutton and Hook Norton
  • Clanfield Brook at Clanfield and the Shill Brook at Bampton
  • Sor Brook and Bloxham Brook and their tributaries from Horley and Bloxham to Adderbury.

12:45pm

CHILTERN Railways, CrossCountry and Network Rail say they are expecting that trains will resume between Banbury and Leamington Spa tomorrow.

Network Rail engineers are still working today to stabilise a landslip in a cutting near Harbury tunnel in Warwickshire, which happened on Friday morning, but trains should be able to run tomorrow, subject to speed restrictions.

However, there is likely to be further disruption next weekend when further repair work in the cutting will be required. Details of the effect on train services will be provided later this week. 

First Great Western is running a normal Sunday timetable on all its routes through Oxfordshire, after alterations to flood-damaged signal equipment between Maidenhead and Twyford were completed.

And the majority of FGW trains in the Thames Valley and Cotswolds will run as timetabled tomorrow but there may be short-notice cancellations and delays, due to reduced capacity and speed restrictions through the section of track affected.

Restrictions on FGW tickets will continue to be lifted all day tomorrow.

But problems continue further west, with the Taunton to Bristol line blocked by flooding and the line from Exeter to Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall closed at Dawlish due to storm damage. There is also disruption to the main line through Cornwall and some branch lines.

Passengers travelling to and from the South West are advised to check for the latest information at the FGW website.

12:31pm

RIVER levels on tributaries of the Thames above Oxford have now stabilised and are starting to fall after the rain on Friday and yesterday pushed them up rapidly.

After peaking at 2.2m yesterday, the River Evenlode at Shipton-under-Wychwood is now down to 2.02m.

At Witney, the Windrush rose from 1.83m on Friday to peak at 2.06m this morning. The latest reading is 2.05m.

12:13pm

This 100ft fir tree was one of more than 100 trees to come down across Oxfordshire in Friday's storm.

It fell on the home of antique dealer Julia Cox, who lives in Steeple Aston, near Bicester.

Herald Series:

11:36am

Hundreds of residents this morning in rural parts of Oxfordshire are still without power.

There are 627 homes in the county still without electricity, according to Southern Electric.

A total of 7,000 houses in the county were hit by power cuts during the storm which swept the UK on Friday night.
 

Power to most of the houses was restored by this morning, but houses in Ducklington and Fulbrook in West Oxfordshire, and Steeple Aston, near Bicester were still affected.
 

Southern Electric spokesman Gavin Steel said engineers were working until the early hours of this morning to try and fix the damage.

They started working again at 6am to get power back for the rest if the homes.

8:31am

London Welsh's game at Cornish Pirates today has been called off.

8:24am

Right, we've had the good news so have to temper it with the weather forecast for the week.

While it will be dry today, light rain will return tomorrow morning. Tuesday is looking like light showers in the afternoon, but hopefully Wednesday will be largely dry.

Light rain is likely late Wednesday and it will then turn heavy for the whole of Thursday morning. Light showers will be off an on for the afternoon and night, says the Met Office.

8:09am

And for today as well...

8:09am

Here's some good news for those of you working in London tomorrow:

 

8:02am

7:49am

David Cameron has warned that the flooding crisis is likely to get worse, even though Britain is set for a respite from the devastating winter storms.

The Prime Minister said while the weather was due to improve, the sheer volume of rain over recent weeks meant groundwater levels would keep rising in many places...

Click through for the rest of our story rounding up the national situation, including Lord Smith, the head of the Environment Agency, admitting he could have done better

7:47am

A video bulletin from the Press Association: 

7:41am

For you bus passengers:

Oxford Bus Company are reporting no flood-related problems

Stagecoach is still saying that on Route 31 the Canning Crescent bus stop is closed outbound.

And Thames Travel:

Route 139 is still experiencing delays due to flooding through the route. 

97 services are still diverting via Abingdon, then Drayton, then Milton.

X1 services are still diverting due to flooding at Milton village. This service is diverting via the Sutton Courtenay road.

Marlborough Road in Faringdon is closed and unable to be served.

7:38am

Now while it may seem a lot nicer day and the situation not as serious as last weekend, we would like to repeat warnings from organisations such as our friends at Oxfordshire County Council not to use the towpaths. 

7:36am

We remain on a medium flood risk warning from the Environment Agency with the water levels rising following the rain over the past couple of days. 

Flood warnings for our area remain

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • 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 at Culham
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick
  • River Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard including Newington
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

7:31am

If you need more information, please call us on 0800 072 7282 and quote the fault reference starting with a V. Areas where there are homes and businesses without power:

Fault reference V29177, Reported at 15/02/2014 19:20:00
4 known affected area(s)
CHILTON
DIDCOT
EAST HAGBOURNE
WEST HAGBOURNE

V25477 and V28181, 15/02/2014 12:25:00
MIDDLE ASTON
ROUSHAM
STEEPLE ASTON
TACKLEY

V26932, 15/02/2014 06:45:00
FULBROOK
FULBROOK/WIDFORD
SWINBROOK

V26726, 15/02/2014 05:51:00
HIGHMOOR
MAIDENSGROVE
NETTLEBED

V26885, 15/02/2014 05:29:00
HEYTHROP
LIDSTONE
SOUTH COMBE
SWERFORD
TEW

V28642, 15/02/2014 03:24:00
IPSDEN
MONGEWELL
MOULSFORD
NORTH STOKE
 

V26798, 15/02/2014 02:42:00
BIX
HENLEY ON THAMES
MIDDLE ASSENDON
SHEPARDS GREEN

V26754, 15/02/2014 00:02:00
FULBROOK
TAYNTON

V26714, 14/02/2014 23:51:00
BENSON
CROWMARSH
CROWMARSH GIFFORD
PRESTON CROWMARSH
WALLINGFORD

V26705, 14/02/2014 23:49:00
ASTON TIRROLD
ASTON UPTHORPE
BLEWBURY

V26872, 14/02/2014 23:03:00
NEW YATT
NORTH LEIGH
WITNEY

V26461, 14/02/2014 22:54:00
BLETCHINGDON
KIRTLINGTON
TACKLEY
WHEATLEY
WOODSTOCK

V26863, 14/02/2014 22:37:00
CANE END
GALLOWSTREE COMMON
GORING HEATH
KIDMORE END
WHITCHURCH HILL

V25956, 14/02/2014 21:34:00
ARDINGTON
LOCKINGE
ROWSTOCK
THE HENDREDS

V25863, 14/02/2014 20:34:00
DEDDINGTON
GREAT TEW
HEMPTON
OVER NORTON

V25757, 14/02/2014 20:33:00
CHADLINGTON
CHARLBURY
SPELSBURY
WALCOT SWINDON

V25770, 14/02/2014 20:14:00
DRY SANDFORD
FRILFORD
FYFIELD OXON
MARCHAM
TUBNEY

 

7:19am

On the power cuts front, last night Scottish and Southern was estimating about 1,100 homes would still be without power following the high winds from Friday into Saturday. We're just pulling together a list of areas still without power for you this morning...

7:16am

On the weather front we look set to get that dry day the Met Office has been promising us. However, it has been chilly overnight and there is a yellow warning about icy roads this morning so again a bit of caution if you're venturing out early doors.

7:13am

First Great Western is saying for the Oxford and North Cotswold services to and from London Paddington:

Network Rail are continuing to work on (the flooding affected) signalling in the Maidenhead area over the weekend.

A normal Sunday timetable takes fewer trains than a standard weekday, and we therefore plan to run the advertised Sunday service today. There will be some small changes to this, please check JourneyCheck for the latest information before you travel.

We anticipate running a significantly improved service from Monday. Please check before travelling.

7:12am

Some good news from First Great Western for the first time in a few days - the service between Paddington and Oxford, through to Worcester is listed as a good service. More details to come...

7:07am

On the rail front, still problems for those of you whose travel involves going or coming from north of Banbury because of a landslip.

Last night we were told the line will remain closed to passenger trains again today while Network Rail engineers continue work to stabilise the cutting near Harbury tunnel in Warwickshire where the landslip happened.

Buses will continue to replace Chiltern and CrossCountry trains between Banbury and Leamington Spa, with Chiltern trains operating between Banbury and London Marylebone and Leamington and Birmingham. CrossCountry services will run between Banbury, Oxford and the South Coast and north of Leamington.

Network Rail hopes to reopen the line early on Monday, although there will be speed restrictions past the landslip, resulting in extended journey times, and further repair work may be required next weekend, which could mean more alterations to train services.

A handful of freight trains have been allowed to pass the site of the landslip today at walking pace.

 

7:04am

Just for catch up Abingdon Road and Botley Road are of course open. And Seacourt Park and Ride is also open for those of you coming in to shop in the city today.

6:59am

At least we seem to be waking to a much nicer day for a start.

6:59am

The roads currently listed as closed 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 to Shabbington Rd
  • Knightsbridge Lane, Pyrton, near Watlington
  • Pembroke Lane, Milton (Vale)
  • Old Wharf Road, Longcot
  • High Street, Drayton St Leonard
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
  • Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham
  • Dry Lane, Crawley
  • Mill Lane, Henley
  • Mill Rd, Lower Shiplake from the junction of Mill Rd / Mill Lane to the junction of Mill Rd / New Rd

6:57am

Good morning. Welcome to our blog updating you on the latest information about the flooding that has been affecting Oxfordshire and Oxford.

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