LiveFlooding Blog: Thursday, December 27

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8:46am

Oxfordshire County Council says flooding in Abingdon Road has not got worse overnight.

"A similar picture to yesterday" is its description.

however pass it only with care and go slow so your wash does not affect homes in the area please.

 

8:40am

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10:23pm

The Flood Warnings in place tonight:

  • 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 and tributaries at Sandford and Radley near Oxford
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
  • River Thames at Culham
  • River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

Flood Warnings means flooding is likely and homeowners and businesses should taken action.

10:01pm

Witney Gazette:

The flood barrier in Lake Street, Oxford tonight, from a reader 

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More pictures now online in our gallery

6:28pm

Environment Agency workers are putting up a flood barrier in Vicarage Lane, off Abingdon Road in South Oxford.

A spokesman said no barriers had yet been deployed in neighbouring Hinksey Park but the situation there was being monitored. 

6:27pm

Oxfordshire County Council says Ferry Hinksey Road is closed but residents and local businesses can still have access.

5:53pm

5:16pm

Abingdon Road remains open but the county council is keeping a watching brief.

Oxfordshire County Council has drawn up contingency plans and said it would ask city centre shoppers to use buses should it have to close the road.

The council came under fire in November when drivers ignored its road closure enforcement, and their cars sent wash water crashing into properties.

This time it said should it decide to close the road it will appeal to those heading into the city to leave their cars behind and use public transport.

Councillor Rodney Rose, the council’s deputy leader said: "We’re thinking of the businesses in Oxford. This time of year is precious to them and we want to do everything possible to avoid trade being hit.

"Nonetheless it would be helpful if people could use the bus if it does become necessary to close the Abingdon Road. For now we are monitoring the situation and the road remains passable with care. We’ll keep people informed."

The county council said that as in November it would open the High Street bus gates to keep the shops accessible.

4:14pm

Ferry Hinksey Road in West Oxford now officially closed.

3:01pm

Water levels on the River Cherwell are dropping.

The Environment Agency has lifted the flood warning on the River Cherwell from Cherwell Bridge to the Thames confluence north of New Hinksey, including parts of Summertown, New Marston and Magdalen Bridge areas.

2:38pm

As of 2pm there were still no plans to close Abingdon Road.

Oxfordshire County Council has said it would open High Street in Oxford to traffic should a closure be needed, but it was not at that stage yet.

The Met Office has said it expects the last of today’s rain to be cleared by 3pm, and it should remain dry until about 3am, when more showers are predicted.

A traffic light system has been set up in Mill Street, Islip, due to flooding.

Drivers have been advised to proceed with caution.

12:24pm

Daniel Warren, publicity assistant for the Oxford Bus Company, said it was suspending use of the bus stops at the junctions of Abingdon Road and Chatham Road in both directions because of standing flood water.

He said: "We don't want our customers getting wet feet when they get on and off the buses."
 

12:24pm

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12:17pm

Witney Gazette:

Flooding at the Seacourt Park and Ride

12:14pm

Witney Gazette:

More flooding in Abingdon Road

12:05pm

We've had an update from the MET Office. Spokeswoman Sarah Holland said around 10 to 15mm of rain is expected to fall overnight, in between dry periods. She said: "The next hour Oxford should see the last of today's showers and the rest of the day should be dry. "We aren't expecting huge amounts of rain overnight but the problem is now it has nowhere to go and is causing flooding. "The winds are going to pick up over the next 24 hours and it will become quite blustery heading into the weekend." Oxfordshire County Council officers are still monitoring Abingdon Road but as yet there are no plans to close it. Water is reported the inbound lane in Weirs Lane area, which is described as “passable with care”.

11:44am

Network Rail has said it had no plans to close lines at Hinksey and Headington, despite reports of track flooding.

Spokesman PJ Taylor said the company had a conversation with the Environment Agency at 8pm last night as the River Cherwell was taken off flood alert.

He said: "Water levels are still rising and we will continue to monitor but as the flood warning for the River Cherwell was no longer in force the Environment Agency believed it had peaked and we were over the worst of it.”

11:43am

Witney Gazette:

Maria Banks on Manor Road in South Hinksey with her two dogs

11:42am

Witney Gazette:

Flooding in South Hinksey

11:23am

No official confirmation yet but we've seen the water creeping closer to railway line at Hinksey so if you're commuting tonight keep this in mind. We'll let you know updates as soon as we get them.

11:05am

Colin Hannaford, 69 of Marlboro Court, is filling sandbags for himself and his neighbours.Witney Gazette:

10:56am

Because Clifton Hampden High Street has been closed this morning due to flooding at Clifton Hampden Bridge, local drivers have suggested the Shillingford Bridge as the best alternative.

10:55am

Oxford City Council has said sand and bags are available for residents from

  • Redbridge Park and Ride
  • PC World in Botley Road

And sandbags are available from outside the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road.

10:51am

Abingdon Road remains open however a nearby towpath has been closed.

The walkway from Donnington Bridge Road to Abingdon Road and on to Whitehouse Road has flooded.

West Oxfordshire District Council has opened its community sandbag points.

In an emergency loose sand and bags are available for householders to make up themselves.

The following neighbourhood sandbag centres are now open:

  • Ascott-under-Wychwood: Car park next to village hall.
  • Shipton Road, Burford: The Rec Car Park, Tanners Lane.  
  • Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club, Ticknell Piece Road.
  • Clanfield: Car park next to the Carter Institute, Main Road.
  • Milton-under-Wychwood: Car park village hall, Shipton Road.
  • Shipton-under-Wychwood: The New Beaconsfield Hall and Recreation Ground, Station Road.
     

10:48am

Witney Gazette:

In Osney Court even the portable toilets supposed to be helping residents cope with the flooding are now partially under water.

10:47am

The allotments off Bullstake Close are under more than a foot of water, but metal flood barriers are protecting neighbouring houses.

Jonathan Zerihan, 37, from nearby Earl Street said it would be good to see them made permanent.
"Right now they're dong a good job," he said. "But I definitely think the water is still rising.
"And it looks as if its flowing towards Oxford."

Witney Gazette: Witney Gazette:

10:45am

Oxfordshire City council has reported Seacourt Park and Ride is still open, but free to park as payment machines are in the water affected area.

10:41am

Witney Gazette:

Oxford City Council employees are using five mobile pumps to try and stop the flood waters from rising.

10:39am

Witney Gazette:

Flooding in Bullstake Close

10:37am

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Witney Gazette:

Flooding in Bullstake Close

10:35am

High Street in Clifton Hampden reported closed and flooding at Culham Bridge.

10:34am

10:28am

The Environment Agency has urged residents to stay vigilant as it expects river levels in Oxfordshire to continue rising over the coming days.

It said residents living in at risk areas, with the River Thames singled out, must look at installing defences.

Further downpours are expected and despite having several waterways taken off flood warning they could easily return due to the sensitivity of river levels.

The River Thames is continuing to respond to the recent heavy rainfall and, as the smaller tributaries feed in, levels continue to rise slowly.

Boat owners are also being urged to check their vessels are moored securely where it is safe to do so.

Peter Quarmby, Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, said: “We are closely monitoring the situation across the South East as river levels continue to rise, particularly on the Thames.

“Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties, and I would encourage everybody to check their flood risk at the Environment Agency website and keep up to date on warnings.”

He added that motorists should not drive through flood water due to the danger it caused.
 

10:09am

Witney Gazette: Council officers assess Abingdon Road flooding

Oxfordshire County Council officers assess flooding in Abingdon Road

10:05am

The MET Office is predicting no let up in the rain over Oxford today with heavy downpours expected to fall this morning.

Forecasters believe this afternoon will become drier and brighter with winds easing.

Severe weather warnings for rain remain in place, with up to 20mm expected to fall over the course of the day.

A dry, chilly evening is also predicted, however strengthening southwesterly winds is expected to bring more rain from the west through the early hours.

Early indications for tomorrow give an overcast but drier day.

10:04am

Witney Gazette: Vehicles caught up in Abingdon Road flooding

Cars driving through the Abingdon Road flood waters

9:53am

The Environment Agency has removed a number of waterways in Oxfordshire from flood alert over the last 24 hours.

Those are

  • Sor Brook and the Bloxham Brook and their tributaries from Horley and Bloxham to and including Adderbury
  • The River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford
  • Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.
  • The Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury
  • The 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.
  • The River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to Cherwell Bridge including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle.
  • The River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington down to and including Hardwick has also been removed from flood warning, as has Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.

9:52am

Signs have gone up on Abingdon Road warning residents of the flooding. There are large puddles and surface water but the road has not been fully submerged yet.

9:51am

Oxfordshire County Council has said Abingdon Road is open but is being kept "under review" due to water levels in the area near Weirs Lane. It said the inbound lane was particularly affected and asked drivers to proceed with due caution.

9:43am

Oxfordshire County Council staff have been spotted on Abingdon Road, assessing the flooding.

9:42am

Oxfordshire County Council has refused to confirm or deny if it is to close Abingdon Road.

Drivers have reported increasing problems along the route over the last 24 hours but no information has been released.

In November the county council enlisted Thames Valley Police to stop motorists driving down the road during floods as cars sent waves of water into nearby homes and businesses.

9:41am

Brian Durham, co-chair of Oxford Flood Alliance and a Lake Street resident, said: "The first puddles began to appear last night at about midnight so it has come up quite fast. You would expect there to be signs up but they are meant to be coming today. Barriers to protect the houses at risk nearby are meant to be going up today. At the moment the drains should be dealing with this level of water but they're not."

9:38am

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9:33am

Wiers Lane resident Jim Webb, 78, said: "There are many idiot drivers around. They can't use the roads and they can't use their brains. At the moment my garden has about 4 ft of water in it. At the moment we are biting our fingernails."

9:31am

Flooding in Oxford Foad, Kennington too

9:26am

9:23am

Witney Gazette:

 

9:22am

Witney Gazette:

Abingdon Road this morning

9:10am

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9:08am

Also from Facebook, reader Lydia Hearmon says people should take care travelling between Wallingford and Didcot after travelling the route last night.

8:50am

Reader Rudi Howes just posted on our Facebook page: "At the moment (Abingdon Road) is just very big puddles! Well the bit that we passed through anyway!"

8:48am

Remember, you can help make this blog better by telling us what you see out there on the ground. Either leave a comment below or tweet us via @theoxfordmail. You can email us as well.

8:45am

Some good news though from the county council

8:42am

Oxfordshire County Council's information about road closures remains the same as it did las night:

Road closures

  • Clifton Hampden  - Long Wittenham
  • Ascott  Under Wychwood – Chipping Norton Hill
  • Islip – Lower Street
  • Hook Norton – Sibford Rd
  • Drayton St Leonard – Stadhampton
  • Witney – Footpath from Woodford Mill to Hailey Rd

Other roads of note with flood boards out

  • B478 Sonning Bridge
  • A417 Challow
  • B4022 at Hailey
  • Main Road in North Newington
  • Fox Lane in Wootton, near Abingdon
  • Witheridge Hill in Stoke Row
  • Oxford Road, Horspath
  • B4020 Shilton Road, Burford
  • B4000 south of Watchfield and Lower Road in Eynsham

8:40am

Click here for our first story on the day 

8:38am

Morning and Merry Christmas. We're sorry to have to bring you this blog but flooding has returned to the city.

Abingdon Road around Weirs Lane is partially flooded this morning but is still passable. Ferry Hinksey Road is flooded, as is Binsey Lane - as bad as it was last month we are told.

 

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