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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
Good morning. We have started a new flood blog for Sunday here. Updates include Abingdon Road in Oxford now being shut
@TheOxfordMail Flooding in OX14 following the 2007 pattern. The Stert almost burst yesterday but did in 2007, Tesco under water what's next?— @lisawebgeek 08 February 2014
The river level on the River Thame at Stadhampton is tonight at 2.58 metres - three centimetres lower than its highest ever recorded level.
Waiting for water to reach Abingdon rd. Feels like waiting for Santa on Xmas Eve but less jolly @TheOxfordMail #oxfordflood @OxfordshireCC— @RedSalamanderD 08 February 2014
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.
The River Thames at Abingdon is also expected to continue to rise for the next few days.
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."
@TheOxfordMail Abingdon rd Oxford looking fine at present. Traffic moving well, bone dry even past P&R. Don't expect it will last tho!— @dangerweasel 08 February 2014
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.
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
“@Ox_Bex: Water rising quickly off Botley Road now, looks like prediction of flooding was right.” Oh no :(— @OxfordCityGuide 08 February 2014
Lakeside guesthouse, Abingdon Road in no danger from Trades Descriptions Act: http://t.co/ivRdNj7fcm— @oxfloodnet 08 February 2014
A meadow, normally. Magdalen Bridge, Oxford. #floods #weather http://t.co/RX4H0rWKDW— @RJWoodall 08 February 2014
@TheOxfordMail the River Ock has dropped over an inch in Abingdon since midday today #ockupdate http://t.co/UcVDtwMZZx— @nataliecmo 08 February 2014
@TheOxfordMail @banburynews @BanburyC @philgayle Cropredy today. http://t.co/LiXedQIvDa— @RGBPlumbing 08 February 2014
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.
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
8:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14
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
RT @OxfordshireCC: Here's an example from yesterday about what can happen if you drive down a flooded road: http://t.co/KjO5Gr6s9H. Please …— @SouthOxon 08 February 2014
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.
RT @geekyruss: #oxonflood #floods Sutton Courtney this morning http://t.co/Iw4o2HGGfn— @johnr1uk 08 February 2014
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.
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
- 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.
1/2 Checked flood levels in Abingdon w/ cllrs, residents & @matthew_barber this pm. More sandbags on the way http://t.co/qZbAZziCFR— @nicolablackwood 08 February 2014
Flooding in Abingdon
Take a look at the advice on flooding if you're home's at risk http://t.co/WyWArAXRSD #oxonflood— @OxonFireRescue 08 February 2014
Nipped out before. About 500m up the road there's water coming through the manholes in #wallingford #oxonflood— @dwrightyV2 08 February 2014
#oxonflood #abingdon Every little doesn't always help when we are talking water at Tescos http://t.co/Sk3CVpykTw— @geekyruss 08 February 2014
Flood defences in Osney Island
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.
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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.
RT @WhiteHorseDC: We can provide a limited amount of sandbags from the B&Q car park, at Fairacres retail park in Abingdon #oxonflood cont...— @SafetyG1rl 08 February 2014
Paul Fowler tweeted this picture from Bablockhythe, Northmoor
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.
The scene at Swinford Toll Bridge earlier today
The flood barriers have been put up on Osney Island
RT @SundayChants: Banbury United's game has been called off today. Can't think why. http://t.co/AIZ4MDTLMc— @vindeery 08 February 2014
RT @dbmag9: A view of Merton from the Christ Church ocean. #oxford http://t.co/O71FJiBCxI— @oxfordtimes 08 February 2014
Not much of the footpath left at Ducklington Lake, Witney, now as these pictures by Mandy Jones (and Polly the dog) show.
Godstow Road between Wolvercote and Wytham is closed due to flooding
A reader sent in this pictures of Abbey Meadow, Abingdon
RT @Cherwellcouncil: Banbury: Spiceball temporary car park and Mill car park closed.— @TheOxfordMail 08 February 2014
Eileen McNeill took this picture of the Causeway in Witney
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."
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."
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."
RT @WhiteHorseDC: #Abingdon sandbag stocks - currently full at cattlemarket, while sand and empty bags are also available at B&Q #oxonflood— @Jennings_ 08 February 2014
RT @barlow_stephen: Interested to know @EnvAgencySE how the flood defences at @BanburyUnitedFC are supposed to work? Ironic pic alert...— @TheOxfordMail 08 February 2014
The towpath at Osney Lock closed due to flooding
Sue Bunch tweeted this picture of the Letcombe Brook, Grove, showing it very high and flowing fast
And this one shows the volume of water being pumped into Osney Lock
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.
Tesco car park in Abingdon is now completely flooded and shoppers are being turned away by staff
Brim full at Langel Common, Witney! http://t.co/APlvulabKZ— @Eils_M 08 February 2014
Nice weather for Swans... Brimful at the Witney floodplain causeway! http://t.co/bFfvJ8bRon— @Eils_M 08 February 2014
@TheOxfordMail Witney floodplain filled up to the path (causeway) http://t.co/VPULLbLM61— @Eils_M 08 February 2014
And at Iffley Lock the Environment Agency has recorded the level as 0.56 metres, the highest level recorded is 0.94 metres.
In Wheatley it's 6.04 metres - the highest river level at the same location is 6.11 metres.
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.
Oxfordshire fire and rescue service are in East Street, Oxford, offering advice to residents.
Scott Williams has tweeted us this picture of flood defences in Abingdon town centre
Residents have praised the authorities for pumping away the water which filled Chalgrove High Street yesterday.
Trees down & blocking stream which is backing up into Northmoor #oxonflood #OxfordFloods #oxfordshire http://t.co/iIA6Hm7nu4— @badger_uk 08 February 2014
Abingdon Road,Oxford,remains clear at the moment
@TheOxfordMail #oxonflood barriers on West St opposite. No reply from @EnvAgency if these displace water onto us. http://t.co/veMgoM2WOJ— @jarman_r 08 February 2014
Goodbye sunshine - hello (more) wind & rain Northmoor #oxfordshire #floods #OxfordFloods #oxonflood http://t.co/YVyKMWAJlK— @badger_uk 08 February 2014
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.
@TheOxfordMail #oxonflood barriers on West St opposite. No reply from @EnvAgency if these displace water onto us. http://t.co/veMgoM2WOJ— @jarman_r 08 February 2014
Flood barriers going up on Osney Island this morning, courtesy of reader Rachel McQuilliam
Pump in Bullstake Close #oxford this morning #oxonflood http://t.co/BOrLqSoMp7— @Keeley_Rodgers 08 February 2014
Flooding in Eynsham #oxonflood http://t.co/Ax5EF1kSXP— @Keeley_Rodgers 08 February 2014
@TheOxfordMail if you've not already heard - abingdon tesco is turning people away. carpark def underwater not sure about shop— @chrissiekm 08 February 2014
@TheOxfordMail View from Banbury bedroom window - it wasn't there yesterday and has to flow down to Oxford. #oxfloods http://t.co/TXLdhJf09j— @whitto23 08 February 2014
Council and environment agency workers in Bullstake Close this morning #oxford #oxonflood http://t.co/SSsNIJcxgc— @Keeley_Rodgers 08 February 2014
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.
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.
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.
Tesco in Abingdon at just after 8am today, courtesy of reader Perry Granville. We're also being told home deliveries are also being affected.
Met Office still has yellow warning for heavy rain in place throughout today and the early hours of tomorrow
Our Flood Line on 0808 168 5082 is open from 8.30am-5.00pm today. Please use it to report road issues and for info on things like sandbags— @OxfordshireCC 08 February 2014
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
Oxfordshire County Council says it has distributed 1,700 sandbags to Chalgrove, Henley, Playhatch, South Moreton, Wantage, Watlington, Burcot and Postcombe so far.
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