Flood blog: Saturday, February 8 for Oxfordshire

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  • River levels are tonight higher in Oxford than in 2007
  • Flood defences have gone up in Oxford
  • Abingdon has been badly affected today by flooding
  • A number of flood warnings are in place across the county
  • Bad weather is predicted to hit the county overnight

8:03am

Good morning. We have started a new flood blog for Sunday here. Updates include Abingdon Road in Oxford now being shut

12:02am

12:00am

The river level on the River Thame at Stadhampton is tonight at 2.58 metres - three centimetres lower than its highest ever recorded level.

11:59pm

11:54pm

River levels in Oxford are tonight higher than in 2007.

The Environment Agency monitoring station at Kings Mill in the centre of the city recorded river levels of 2.59 metres at 11.15pm tonight.

This is higher than the peak level in 2007 of 2.58m.

The highest ever level recorded at this location is 2.69m.

The typical river level range for this location is between 1.63m and 2.07m.

11:48pm

The River Thames at Abingdon is also expected to continue to rise for the next few days.

11:47pm

This is the Environment Agency outlook this evening for people living in Osney, Osney Island and Binsey in Oxford:

"The River Thames and its tributaries at Binsey and Osney are expected to continue rising for the next few days. Properties close to the river in low lying areas may start to be affected on Sunday the ninth of February. The weather prospects are to expect heavy showers overnight and into Sunday morning."

11:43pm

11:25pm

Rain is likely to last for most of tomorrow, according to the Met Office. Monday is set to be dry, with Tuesday and Wednesday again seeing rain.

11:20pm

Thirty-seven roads in Oxfordshire are shut tonight, officials say.

This is the latest list of road closures issued by Oxfordshire County Council:

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

The road through the village of North Weston near Postcombe

Witney to Crawley Road at the junction with Hailey Road

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 Road

Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Road to B4027

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

Old Wharf Road, Longcot

B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay

Road between Islip and Merton at Oddington

Friday Lane / Station Road, Henley

High Street, Drayton St Leonard

London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361

Road from Cropredy to Williamscot

Somerton Road between Somerton and North Aston

Hanney Road, High Street, Abingdon Road and The Causeway in Steventon

Godstow Road, Oxford from A34 bridge near Wolvercote to bridge near Wytham

Dry Lane, Crawley

Mill Lane, Henley

Culham Bridge on Tolgate Road, Culham

Thameside South, Henley

Lower Icknield Road, Chinnor

11:14pm

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10:59pm

TRAINS between Oxford, Didcot, Reading and London Paddington are now suffering delays of up to 25 minutes due to flooding of the tracks at Twyford.

10:48pm

FLOOD warnings and alerts have been lifted on the following Oxfordshire watercourses this evening:

  • Clanfield Brook at Clanfield and the Shill Brook at Bampton
  • Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton
  • Langford and Wendlebury brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury
  • Sor Brook and Bloxham Brook and their tributaries from Horley and Bloxham to Adderbury
  • River Thame from Eythrope to Chiselhampton, including Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley and Chippinghurst

9:48pm

8:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Dilligaf2010 says

Road closed signs have just been dropped off at the St. Aldate's end of Abingdon Road, I suspect it will be closed at some time later tonight

8:49pm

8:43pm

FLOODING at Twyford is causing delays of up to 15 minutes to Oxford-bound stopping trains from London Paddington this evening. The River Loddon at Twyford is at a record level tonight, according to the Environment Agency.

And passengers trying to reach the West Country by rail are being advised to travel to Bristol Parkway, for bus connections to Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth. Flooding has blocked the lines between Bristol and Taunton and Castle Cary and Taunton and a landslip at Crewkerne has forced the closure of the Yeovil to Exeter route, which was the last rail line open into Devon from the rest of the country.

For more information, see the First Great Western website.

8:31pm

8:25pm

IN West Oxfordshire supplies of sand and bags for householders to make up into sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Ascott-under-Wychwood: Tiddy Hall car park, Shipton Road
  • Burford: The recreation ground car park, Tanners Lane
  • Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club, Ticknell Piece Road
  • Clanfield: Carter Institute car park, Main Road
  • Milton-under-Wychwood: Village Hall car park, Shipton Road 
  • Northmoor: Village Hall car park, Church Road
  • Shipton-under-Wychwood: New Beaconsfield Hall car park, Station Road
  • Standlake: St Giles' Church, Downs Road

West Oxfordshire District Council will also deliver sandbags to elderly and disabled people who live in the district. Call 01993 861000. Also call this number to arrange collection of ready-made sandbags from Witney.

8:10pm

FIVE flood warnings have just been issued on the River Thames in Oxfordshire.

They cover the following sections of the river:

  • The main channel and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • Abingdon
  • Culham
  • Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • From Newbridge to Kings Lock above Oxford, including Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablockhythe and the caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton.

7:31pm

Witney Gazette:

7:18pm

Flooding in Abingdon 

Witney Gazette:

7:05pm

7:05pm

6:10pm

5:28pm

Flood defences in Osney Island Witney Gazette:

5:14pm

Met Office weather forecaster Charles Powell said tomorrow is currently showing “an improving picture” for Oxfordshire.

He said heavy rain is due during the early hours of Sunday morning, but after that there will only be a few showers and even some sunshine.

In total the county is likely to see around 5mm to 10mm of rain, 35 to 45mph winds, and the temperature will be around seven or eight degrees centigrade.

4:27pm

VIDEO: How to build a sandbag wall

4:25pm

Vale of White Horse District Council has said demand for sandbags is very high but crews are working hard to keep the stock supplied. 

There are a limited number of sandbags available from the B&Q car park, at Fairacres retail park and Cattlemarket car park (by Abbey House council offices) in Abingdon.

If they run out after Saturday they will be restocked on Monday.

4:22pm

4:19pm

Paul Fowler tweeted this picture from Bablockhythe, Northmoor

Witney Gazette:

4:07pm

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency has said they're preparing for Tuesday and Wednesday onwards to see the worst flooding. 

She said there is a "significant" amount of rainfall forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

3:54pm

The scene at Swinford Toll Bridge earlier today 

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3:51pm

The flood barriers have been put up on Osney Island

Witney Gazette:

3:43pm

3:13pm

2:52pm

Not much of the footpath left at Ducklington Lake, Witney, now as these pictures by Mandy Jones (and Polly the dog) show. 

Witney Gazette: Witney Gazette:

2:29pm

Godstow Road between Wolvercote and Wytham is closed due to flooding

Witney Gazette: Witney Gazette:

2:04pm

A reader sent in this pictures of Abbey Meadow, Abingdon

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2:03pm

1:49pm

Eileen McNeill took this picture of the Causeway in Witney

Witney Gazette:

1:32pm

Linda Wride sent in this picture of a couple making the most of the flooding at Botley Park. 

She said: "They had just paddled their kayaks from Wolvercote, across the waves of Port Meadow, along the Thames and though Tumbling Bay to reach our local park/pond."

Witney Gazette:

1:26pm

The Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have not been called to any major flooding-related incidents today so far and a spokeswoman said: "So far it's nowhere near as bad as we were expecting but our officers are out monitoring the situation."

1:24pm

A number of towpaths are currently affected by flooding in Oxfordshire. 

Councillor Rodney Rose, Deputy Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: "It cannot be stressed enough that towpaths at the side of rivers are extremely dangerous places during flood conditions 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."

1:19pm

1:17pm

1:17pm

The towpath at Osney Lock closed due to flooding 

Witney Gazette:

1:12pm

Sue Bunch tweeted this picture of the Letcombe Brook, Grove, showing it very high and flowing fast 

Witney Gazette:

1:05pm

And this one shows the volume of water being pumped into Osney Lock

Witney Gazette:

1:05pm

Mark Rodgers sent in this picture of firefighters in East Street, Osney Island, advising residents in the event of flooding. Oxfordshire County Council say people are being advised to stay vigilant and keep alert for any updates. 

Witney Gazette:

1:04pm

Tesco car park in Abingdon is now completely flooded and shoppers are being turned away by staff

Witney Gazette:

1:03pm

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1:01pm

12:52pm

And at Iffley Lock the Environment Agency has recorded the level as 0.56 metres, the highest level recorded is 0.94 metres. 

12:52pm

In Wheatley it's 6.04 metres - the highest river level at the same location is 6.11 metres. 

 

12:51pm

The river level at Kings Mill in Oxford is 2.40 metres as recorded by the Environment Agency this morning. 

It's normally between 1.63 metres and 2.07 metres and the highest level its ever been is 2.69 - it was 2.58 metres in the July, 2007 floods. 
 

12:46pm

Oxfordshire fire and rescue service are in East Street, Oxford, offering advice to residents. 

12:45pm

Scott Williams has tweeted us this picture of flood defences in Abingdon town centre 

Witney Gazette:

12:40pm

Residents have praised the authorities for pumping away the water which filled Chalgrove High Street yesterday. 

Witney Gazette:

11:38am

11:38am

11:36am

Abingdon Road,Oxford,remains clear at the moment 

10:46am

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10:39am

Sandbags holding back flooding in Bullstake Close,Oxford. So far it hasn't broken through and a council worker said the waters haven't risen much over night.
"Now the just a matter of waiting to see what happens next," he said.

Witney Gazette:

10:38am

10:15am

Flood barriers going up on Osney Island this morning, courtesy of reader Rachel McQuilliamWitney Gazette:

9:57am

9:52am

9:45am

More confirmation:

9:44am

9:43am

9:38am

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has had two flooding-related calls outs this morning, one at 8am to Nash Drive in Abingdon where firefighters helped moving sandbags at a low-lying property, and they're currently on their way to West Hanney.

9:10am

A new flood warning for the River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington appeared on the Environment Agency's website in the early hours.

It says: "The river and flooding forecast is as follows: River levels in the River Windrush are rising in response to the recent rainfall and will continue to rise over the next few hours.

Property flooding is currently expected in the next few hours. The weather prospects are to expect a mainly dry morning with showers Saturday afternoon and heavy rain overnight and into Sunday morning."

Call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 171073 to get more information.

9:06am

Flooding in the car park at Tesco in Abingdon is causing delays in delivering people's shopping orders this morning. A Tesco spokeswoman said there is currently around a two-hour delay, with some Click and Collect orders having been cancelled altogether.

8:34am

Tesco in Abingdon at just after 8am today, courtesy of reader Perry Granville. We're also being told home deliveries are also being affected.

Witney Gazette:

Witney Gazette:

8:25am

Met Office still has yellow warning for heavy rain in place throughout today and the early hours of tomorrow 

8:20am

8:18am

Current flood warnings - which mean flooding is expected so take immediate action

  • River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • 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 Thame from Chiselhampton to Drayton St Leonard including Newington
  • River Thame from below Eythrope to Chiselhampton including Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington

8:11am

Oxfordshire County Council says it has distributed 1,700 sandbags to Chalgrove, Henley, Playhatch, South Moreton, Wantage, Watlington, Burcot and Postcombe so far.

8:08am

Good morning. The current road closures due to flooding 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
  • 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
  • Old Wharf Road, Longcot
  • B4016 Drayton Road, Sutton Courtenay
  • Road between Islip and Merton at Oddington
  • Friday Lane / Station Road, Henley
  • High Street, Drayton St Leonard
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood, from railway station to junction with A361
  • Road from Cropredy to Williamscot
  • Somerton Road between Somerton and North Aston
  • Hannay Road, High Street, Abingdon Road and The Causeway in Steventon
  • Lower Icknield Road, Chinnor

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4:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

chrisnew63 says...

To Homeowner,

I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. In fulfilment of this degree I am required to research a topic area and produce a dissertation. The topic I have chosen is ‘flood defence’ and I am investigating the following;

To seek to establish whether there are viable solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains considering the increased risk of flooding and the possible affects this may have on insurance policies’.

As part of the dissertation I am required to gain first hand primary research and so have chosen to adopt a questionnaire survey method.

Please would you complete my survey which takes around 3 minutes. The survey can be accessed by clicking the below link


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Chris
To Homeowner, I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. In fulfilment of this degree I am required to research a topic area and produce a dissertation. The topic I have chosen is ‘flood defence’ and I am investigating the following; To seek to establish whether there are viable solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains considering the increased risk of flooding and the possible affects this may have on insurance policies’. As part of the dissertation I am required to gain first hand primary research and so have chosen to adopt a questionnaire survey method. Please would you complete my survey which takes around 3 minutes. The survey can be accessed by clicking the below link https://www.surveymo nkey.com/s/Flood_def ence_and_Insurance Thank you in advance for your time Chris chrisnew63

5:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

chrisnew63 wrote:
To Homeowner,

I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. In fulfilment of this degree I am required to research a topic area and produce a dissertation. The topic I have chosen is ‘flood defence’ and I am investigating the following;

To seek to establish whether there are viable solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains considering the increased risk of flooding and the possible affects this may have on insurance policies’.

As part of the dissertation I am required to gain first hand primary research and so have chosen to adopt a questionnaire survey method.

Please would you complete my survey which takes around 3 minutes. The survey can be accessed by clicking the below link


https://www.surveymo

nkey.com/s/Flood_def

ence_and_Insurance


Thank you in advance for your time

Chris
I can save you the bother 'solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains', simple DON't build on flood plains and don't buy a house on one, the clue is in the name really 'FLOOD' plain.
[quote][p][bold]chrisnew63[/bold] wrote: To Homeowner, I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. In fulfilment of this degree I am required to research a topic area and produce a dissertation. The topic I have chosen is ‘flood defence’ and I am investigating the following; To seek to establish whether there are viable solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains considering the increased risk of flooding and the possible affects this may have on insurance policies’. As part of the dissertation I am required to gain first hand primary research and so have chosen to adopt a questionnaire survey method. Please would you complete my survey which takes around 3 minutes. The survey can be accessed by clicking the below link https://www.surveymo nkey.com/s/Flood_def ence_and_Insurance Thank you in advance for your time Chris[/p][/quote]I can save you the bother 'solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains', simple DON't build on flood plains and don't buy a house on one, the clue is in the name really 'FLOOD' plain. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

5:33pm Sat 8 Feb 14

JamesNN says...

chrisnew63 wrote:
To Homeowner,

I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. In fulfilment of this degree I am required to research a topic area and produce a dissertation. The topic I have chosen is ‘flood defence’ and I am investigating the following;

To seek to establish whether there are viable solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains considering the increased risk of flooding and the possible affects this may have on insurance policies’.

As part of the dissertation I am required to gain first hand primary research and so have chosen to adopt a questionnaire survey method.

Please would you complete my survey which takes around 3 minutes. The survey can be accessed by clicking the below link


https://www.surveymo

nkey.com/s/Flood_def

ence_and_Insurance


Thank you in advance for your time

Chris
Don't you think they have more important things to worry about at the moment, like trying to protect their belongings!
[quote][p][bold]chrisnew63[/bold] wrote: To Homeowner, I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. In fulfilment of this degree I am required to research a topic area and produce a dissertation. The topic I have chosen is ‘flood defence’ and I am investigating the following; To seek to establish whether there are viable solutions to protect homeowners on or near flood plains considering the increased risk of flooding and the possible affects this may have on insurance policies’. As part of the dissertation I am required to gain first hand primary research and so have chosen to adopt a questionnaire survey method. Please would you complete my survey which takes around 3 minutes. The survey can be accessed by clicking the below link https://www.surveymo nkey.com/s/Flood_def ence_and_Insurance Thank you in advance for your time Chris[/p][/quote]Don't you think they have more important things to worry about at the moment, like trying to protect their belongings! JamesNN

6:29pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Ian_SE says...

On 3 February 2014, you ran a story saying the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone.

Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number.

Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go".

Almost everyone else should call the new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile.

All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance.

Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except Vodafone charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate).
On 3 February 2014, you ran a story saying the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone. Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number. Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go". Almost everyone else should call the new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile. All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance. Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except Vodafone charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate). Ian_SE

8:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Road closed signs have just been dropped off at the St. Aldate's end of Abingdon Road, I suspect it will be closed at some time later tonight
Road closed signs have just been dropped off at the St. Aldate's end of Abingdon Road, I suspect it will be closed at some time later tonight Dilligaf2010

10:40pm Sat 8 Feb 14

bicester8 says...

The photo of the Abingdon Road, Oxford posted at 10.02pm isn't actually from today, it was from last month and used on the BBC's website! It would be better if we didn't scare people by using pictures that aren't true!
The photo of the Abingdon Road, Oxford posted at 10.02pm isn't actually from today, it was from last month and used on the BBC's website! It would be better if we didn't scare people by using pictures that aren't true! bicester8

8:38am Sun 9 Feb 14

harlie says...

Road through Drayton St Leonard is flooded pass with care .Road closed signs are up both ends of village.
Road through Drayton St Leonard is flooded pass with care .Road closed signs are up both ends of village. harlie

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