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UPDATE: Oxfordshire counting the cost after bad weather
AROUND 1,400 homes were still without power this morning as a result of bad weather - and several roads are shut.
Southern Electric confirmed the extent of the disruption this morning after it emerged last night that 6,000 homes in Oxfordshire had suffered power cuts.
Oxfordshire County Council said that more than 70 trees had fallen overnight and several roads in the county are closed as a result of bad weather:
• A417 – Wantage - Wantage Road junction Silver Lane, road closed due to flooding – signed diversion via A338 and A420.
• Radley Village – by the caravan park to bridge, road closed due to fallen cables
• Thame – Kingsey Road by Old Pump House, road closed due to damaged scaffolding
• Barford St Michael - Lower Street, road closed due to flooding
• Chalgrove - Berrick Road, road closed due to flooding
• Wendlebury – Main Street/Church Street, road closed due to flooding to highway
• Cote Aston – Cote Road, road closed due to fallen power cables
• Bicester – The Causeway, road closed due to flooding
Southern Electric spokesman Hannah Gleave said: “Repairs will continue throughout the day and every effort will be made to restore power to customers as quickly as possible.
“As well as engineers restoring supplies, Southern Electric has also undertaken a number of further measures for customers, including calls being made to vulnerable customers to give reassurance and help, additional staff available on standby and extra call handlers available to talk to customers who may have lost electricity supply and give advice."
The firm says anyone who experiences a loss of electricity supply should contact 0800 072 7282, particularly if reporting damage or aware of neighbours or friends who may need extra help.
More than 6,000 homes had been without power as bad weather ravaged the county last night.
Gusts of up to 50mph along with heavy rain hit the overhead network, according to energy provider SSE.
The main areas affected by the power cuts were the Chipping Norton, Grove, Henley and Woodcote areas.
The move led council officials to urge Oxfordshire residents to check on elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbours.
Oxfordshire County Council's Emergency Planning Officer Bethan Morgan said last night: "It looks like many hundreds of households could be without power for some time this evening and potentially overnight. Wherever possible, I would urge people to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or family, who may need help and reassurance.
"Even just taking a few minutes to make sure your neighbours are okay can be hugely reassuring and make a world of difference."
Further information regarding the power cuts can be found by visiting the SSE website at: http://www.ssepd.co.uk/CustomerService/PowerCuts/PowerTrack/
On the roads, there are reports of flooding causing delays on the A420.
The flooding has been spotted under the railway bridge near Shrivenham.
A passerby reported yesterday that a tree at Seacourt park and ride blew down, landing on this BMW.
In Clifton Hampden, the weather caused a graveyard wall to collapse.
The railway lines in the county were affected by yesterday's weather, with trains forced to travel at slower speeds. Some services were also delayed.
Most services in our area are now running normally, although there could be some more disruption today, First Great Western has announced this morning.
A spokesman said: "Our services experienced a significant amount of disruption yesterday, and many of our routes remain blocked by floodwater or fallen trees.
"Ticket restrictions have been lifted across the network, but customers are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to expect extended journey times.
"High Speed Services are starting to operate to a reduced timetable. We are operating limited services to Bristol, Taunton and South Wales.
"Local services in the London and Thames Valley area are operating as close to the timetable as possible, however there may be some delays and cancellations.
"Local services in Devon and Cornwall will be working to a reduced timetable.
Road replacement transport is unable to be sourced in many areas because of local road conditions."
For full details of any service alterations, visit First Great Western's JourneyCheck website or follow us on Twitter @FGW
Weather today is set to be less problematic.
It will be a cloudy, cold day, with maximum temperatures of nine degrees Celsius.
No property flooding had been reported as of this morning.
But one Oxfordshire waterway has a Flood Warning in place this morning as the weather eases across the county.
Last night the Environment Agency put three Flood Warnings out for rivers and brooks in Oxfordshire after heavy rain throughout the day.
But this morning just one Flood Warning remains – for the Wendlebury Brook at Wendlebury.
But there are Flood Alerts – meaning people should take precautions - in place for the following county waterways:
River Thames and tributaries from Lechlade through to Oxford, Abingdon, and down to Days Lock.
River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington.
River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon.
River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.
River Cherwell from Charwelton to above Upper Heyford.
River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge.
River Ray and tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip.
Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.
Langford and Wendlebury Brooks from Stratton Audley down to near Merton.
Clanfield Brook for Clanfield village.
Shill Brook for Bampton.
The River Leach from Northleach to near Lechlade.
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