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Blog: Oxfordshire flooding
Updated 10:54pm Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
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Trains running between Oxford and Didcot are being delayed by up to 15 minutes this morning due to speed restrictions imposed as a result of flood water on the tracks between Hinksey and Kennington.
Due to road closures caused by flooding, the following alterations will apply to Oxford Bus Company services today:
Routes X3 and X13 will be diverted via Iffley Road due to the closure of Abingdon Road.
Route 35 cannot serve Lower Kennington, Redbridge and Abingdon Road and will run via Bagley Wood Road and Iffley Road.
Route 300 will run from Redbridge park-and-ride to the city centre via Iffley Road.
Route 400 will only operate between Thornhill park-and-ride and Oxford railway station, because of the closure of Seacourt park-and-ride at Botley by flooding.
Due to flooding and roadworks in Evans Road, Kidlington, buses on route 2 will run via Oxford Road direct to Oatlands and via the Moors, High Street and Oxford Road en route to Oxford. Stagecoach route 2A services will be diverted via the A4260 Oxford Road/Banbury Road.
As a result of the diversions, journey times wil be extended.
A temporary flood barrier has been put in place by Environment Agency staff at Hinksey Lake, in South Oxford, to prevent flooding of homes in Vicarage Lane and Lake Street.
Sandbags for Abingdon residents whose homes are in immediate danger of flooding can be collected from the Cattle Market car park, next to Vale of White Horse District Council's headquarters at Abbey House, and from the car park at the B&Q store in Nuffield Way.
The council has closed the Rye Farm car park in Abingdon due to flooding and says drivers should also avoid using the Hales Meadow car park on the opposite side of Bridge Street.
Rodney Rose, pictured, the deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, has asked drivers to exercise caution on flooded roads.
He said: "We would advise motorists to take extra care on the roads and, if in any doubt, not to drive through flood water.
"We give advice of this nature not just with the safety of motorists in mind. It is also a question of not creating bow waves that cause problems for nearby properties."
He added that the council's staff had been working hard since before Christmas dealing with the effects of the recent weather conditions across Oxfordshire.
A flood warning has just been issued for the River Thames at Culham.
Witney Town Council says that it has received reports from members of the public about some of the footpaths around Witney Lake being under several inches of water. The council is advising people to choose alternative routes until the flooding ends.
Due to the closure of Abingdon Road in Oxford because of flooding, Stagecoach buses on routes 16, 31 and 34 are diverted to run via Iffley Road but are still serving the usual stops in St Aldate's.
Oxford Bus Company has said all routes are still operating and will continue to do so as long as it is possible but Abingdon Road stops cannot be served.
Because of the closure of the Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge Road, the Oxford Bus Company is diverting X13/X3/35 and 400 services via Oxford High St, Iffley Road, and the Eastern/Southern Bypass.
In addition, due to flooding near Egrove Park, city35 will operate via Heyford Hill and won't be able to service Egrove Park in either direction.
RT @RedSalamanderD: @TheOxfordMail A pic of what used to be the meadows and towpath by Iffley lock. http://t.co/4Yl3U8XoDe— @TheOxfordMail 06 January 2014
There are ten flood warnings in place across Oxfordshire tonight:
- River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near 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 in Abingdon
• Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
• River River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford
• 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 Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
• River Thames from Henley down to Medmenham, including Remenham and Mill End
• River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas.
This car was almost submerged in floodwater off Ferry Hinksey Road in Oxford
Tony Jenkinson from the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road, Oxford, says they've just had more sandbags delivered
Flood warning issued for River Thames at Kennington. Environment Agency says: "We are expecting to see some flooding of properties close to the Thames at Kennington, and watercourses backing up due to the high water levels on the Thames.
"Levels are likely to continue to rise overnight and through tomorrow. The weather forecast is more heavy showers are expected overnight and through Tuesday."
RT @BarryRussellEA: We have been checking our temporary #flood defences in #Osney, #Oxford in case they are tested with the rising waters...— @TheOxfordMail 06 January 2014
Tony Jenkinson, landlord of the Duke of Monmouth pub, said they are all out of sandbags.
He said: "We had about 200 delivered yesterday but we only had about three left this morning.
"One guy had walked here from Botley to get them. We have had an awful lot of people ringing up about them.
"We're hoping we can get some more delivered tonight and any updates will be posted on the Duke of Monmouth Oxford Facebook page."
Anyone concerned about flooding can call the county council on 0808 168 5082.
After 10pm, if you are concerned about a vulnerable person with a social care need with an issue that cannot wait until normal office hours call the emergency duty team on 0800 833 408.
Fancy a seat? This was the scene at the Rose Revied pub at Newbridge, near Standlake, where the River Windrush meets the Thames, this afternoon.
Abingdon Road will close at 7pm tonight from the junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road. This includes Weirs Lane.
The A361 is affected by flooding in Fulbrook, near Burford, at the junction with Beech Grove.
Trains are being delayed between Radley and Oxford due to flood water on the tracks at Hinksey. Services are limited to 20mph through the area.
- Live updates will be automatically posted to our Live Traffic Service
Oxfordshire County Council says Abingdon Road, Oxford, will close at 7pm
This tractor became stuck in a field near Cote, in West Oxfordshire
The county council has confirmed the Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge is closed
Floods around Tadpole Bridge, between Bampton and Buckland
Peter Davis sent in this picture of Abingdon Road, Oxford
The Kennington Flood Barrier is to be erected, officials have confirmed. The news was revealed late this afternoon by the Vale of White Horse District Council.
The scene in Abingdon Road, Oxford
This impressive picture of the allotments in Botley Road, Oxford, was taken by Lee Ingram www.airexperiences.co.uk
A flood warning for the River Thames in Abingdon has been issued by the Environment Agency.
A warning means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken.
The agency is expecting flooding of properties close to the Thames in the Abingdon area later this evening and the levels are similar to what was seen in January 2003. Levels are anticipated to rise through today.
The scene in Bullstake Close, Oxford
Binsey Lane in Oxford is closed due to flooding
The Environment Agency says it expects river levels to continue to rise for two days.
Spokeswoman Narinder Sokhi said: “River levels are high throughout Oxfordshire and we expect that they will continue to rise.
“There is a risk of flooding and we urge people to listen out for our flood alerts and warnings and take the necessary action.”
Oxfordshire County Council says Abingdon Road will close soon because of flooding
From the Environment Agency: The River Thames has been rising steadily over the last couple of days, we are expecting to see some flooding of properties close to the Thames in the Abingdon area later this evening.
The levels are likely to be similar to what we saw in January 2003. Levels are likely to continue to rise through today.
The weather forecast is to expect showers to spread across the area through the afternoon, some of these will be heavy. More heavy showers are expected overnight and through Tuesday.
The county council says Ferry Hinksey Road is now closed along with the A34 to South Hinksey village
Politicans are starting to debate the significance of the flooding already.
"We can expect more extreme weather events in the future as climate change worsens." said city Green group leader Craig Simmons.
"The city council needs to strengthen its climate change adaptation plan and work with the other districts and county to devise a comprehensive area-wide response.
"At the same time, the local authorities need to reduce carbon emissions - responsible for climate change - by putting the environment at the core of policy making alongside social goals.
"At the moment, the city and county councils are talking the talk but not walking the walk."
An updated flood warning has been issued for the Binsey and Osney Island area of the city.
The Environment Agency statement says: "The River Thames has been rising steadily this morning.
"We are expecting to see some flooding of properties close to the river in the Binsey and Osney area Island areas.
"The levels are likely to be similar to what we saw in November 2012.
"Levels are likely to continue to rise through today.
"The weather forecast is to expect showers to spread across the area later this morning and through the afternoon. Some of these will be heavy.
"More heavy showers are expected overnight and through Tuesday."
St Lawrence Road in South Hinksey has also been affected
More images of the flooding on Manor Road in Hinksey today.
Residents on Doyley Road in the Osney area of the city have been warned flooding could affect properties. One resident told us he had today received a personal warning from the Environment Agency to be prepared.
The situation on Manor Road in Hinksey this lunchtime shows the scale of the flooding in some areas.
Residents in Manor Road, South Hinksey, protect their home with sandbags
Oxfordshire County Council has handed out more than 1,000 sandbags.
The latest roads shut off by flooding:
• 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
• A417 at Challow, by Mellors Garage, due to flooding
• 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)
• Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village
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
Oxford City Council has also shut off Seacourt Park and Ride due to flooding.
Abingdon Mayor Sam Bowring has said people should watch river levels in the town carefully.
Abingdon Town Council staff are currently assessing the flood risk from the Ock and Thames in the town.
Cllr Bowring, whose Turberville Close house was flooded in 2007, said: “At the moment there is no imminent danger to property, but we need to watch the river levels carefully.”
The town council has received a number of requests for sandbags from residents.
But Cllr Bowring said: “If people would like to get sandbags, we would ask them to try and get hold of them themselves, so the council can focus on helping the elderly and those in care homes.”
She directed people to the Environment Agency website environment-agency.gov.uk
Crawley Road area of Witney
St Lawrence Road in South Hinksey
Carol and Paul sent in this picture of their makeshift "gang plank" in Abingdon
Tom Noone took this shot of flooding at the River Ock in West Abingdon
Nik Torrens sent in this picture from North Hinksey
Another picture of the floods in Ferry Hinksey Road this morning
Drivers in Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford, this morning
In Witney, there is flood water this morning behind houses in Crawley Road. Residents speaking to the Mail in the area say the situation could be worse, but some are worried. One home-owner said the bricks at the front of her house were soaked through because of the rain.
The Met Office is saying the weather will not be too fierce today in Oxfordshire.
Met Office officials Dan Williams said: “There are no weather warnings out for Oxford at the moment today. It is fair to say it will be windy but not too bad. It is already a bit gusty so expect winds of 30-40mph through today, but those should start to ease as we get into tomorrow.
"There are quite a few showers across the country today which could be quite heavy at times, but also some nice dry spells between them.
“Tomorrow we have a similar day, with some showers and some dry and bright spells, but the showers will be fewer and farther between.
"It should be a dryer day over all, with winds easing as well.
“On Wednesday it will be a bit dryer again, becoming more settled. There could be some rain overnight going into Thursday.
“On Thursday it looks again more settled and also on Friday.
“Overall things should improve as we go through the week."
Osney Court floods.
Oxford City Council has now delivered sandbags to the Redbridge and Seacourt Park and Ride sites and they are also available to collect at the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road and at a farm opposite South Hinksey Village Hall.
So far 150 sandbags have been handed out to properties in Abingdon Road and South Hinksey and around 350 at Bullstake Close.
Seacourt Park and Ride is currently closed to motorists due to flooding.
Cherwell District Council has said there are currently 80 parking bays at Spiceball Park Road and 17 bays in Spiceball North closed due to flood water.
The following roads are closed because of flooding:
- 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
- A417 at Challow, by Mellors Garage, due to flooding
- 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)
Across West Oxfordshire sandbags are available at the following centres:
• Ascott-under-Wychwood: Car park next to village hall, Shipton Road
• Burford: The Recreation Car Park, Tanners Lane
• Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club, Ticknell Piece Road
• Chipping Norton: District Council Depot, Greystones, A361
• Clanfield: Car park next to the Carter Institute, Main Road
• Milton-under-Wychwood: Car park next to M-U-W village hall, Shipton Road
• Northmoor: Village Hall, Church Road
• Shipton-under-Wychwood: The New Beaconsfield Hall and Recreation Ground, Station Road Standlake: St Giles Church, Downs Road
• Woodstock: West Oxfordshire District Council Depot, Union Street
Bethan Morgan, the county council's emergency planning officer, said: "The main advice at the moment is for anyone in the affected areas should monitor the Environment Agency website and to take steps now to protect property.
“There is potential for flooding to cause power outages. To prepare for this we recommend that people visit 365alive for fire safety messages.
“Finally, if you see warning signs either on the road or towpaths please take notice. They are there for a reason.”
Maggie Harnew sent in this picture of the River Thames at Nag's Head Island, Abingdon.
Sand and bags have been deployed at Redbridge Park and Ride (Abingdon Road) and Seacourt Park and Ride (Botley Road) for use by residents and businesses at potential risk of property flooding.
Sandbag pallets have also been delivered to the Duke of Monmouth public house on Abingdon Road and South Hinksey Village (farm opposite the village hall).
Oxford City Council officers have put up the flood barrier at Bulstake Close as a precaution.
A flood barrier has also been erected at Osney Island. Oxford City Council currently have staff monitoring areas potentially at flood risk.
The Environment Agency says the River Thames and its tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford are all under flood warning.
The River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington - down to and including nearby Hardwick - is another area with a flood warning in place.
Flood warnings are also in place for:
- the River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas
- the River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford
- the River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, the Lower Bampton area and the Chimney area
- the River Thames from Henley down to Medmenham, including Remenham and Mill End
- the River Thames from Shiplake to Bolney Court near Henley, including Lower Shiplake and Wargrave.
Oxford City Council officials are at the scene of flooding on Ferry Hinksey Road this morning near the Oatlands Recreation Ground.
OXFORDSHIRE has been warned today to remain prepared for more flooding.
With more rain set to fall today, a series of flood warnings are in place for the county, including one for Oxford, where several sites are waterlogged this morning.
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