LiveBlog: Oxfordshire flooding latest

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Summary

  • There are major delays on Botley Road in the city this evening.
  • Abingdon Road remains shut.
  • The Seacourt Park and Ride has been closed by the floods.
  • There are reports of major traffic disruption on some routes into the city.
  • Properties on Osney Island are being handed sandbags this morning as river levels rise on the Thames.
  • More rain will fall overnight.
  • Train services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway may shut today.

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8:33am Tue 7 Jan 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Sandbags are not designed to totally stop water coming in, they are only designed to limit the water coming in.. too many people assume sandbags will 100% protect their propertys. the only thing that will is a proper flood barrier.
Sandbags are not designed to totally stop water coming in, they are only designed to limit the water coming in.. too many people assume sandbags will 100% protect their propertys. the only thing that will is a proper flood barrier. yabbadabbadoo256
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10:05am Tue 7 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Why are the County Council being stubborn and refusing to open the High Street in Oxford to ease the massive congestion. It's a very simple solution to help all but they refuse to even give a reason why. When I rang them they even refused to give the name of the person who is making this choice, most probally sat in a nice warm office having a cup of cofee earning £60,000. What a farce. Maybe they are worried about the income they will lose with cars going thorugh the bus gate. We need answers NOW.
Why are the County Council being stubborn and refusing to open the High Street in Oxford to ease the massive congestion. It's a very simple solution to help all but they refuse to even give a reason why. When I rang them they even refused to give the name of the person who is making this choice, most probally sat in a nice warm office having a cup of cofee earning £60,000. What a farce. Maybe they are worried about the income they will lose with cars going thorugh the bus gate. We need answers NOW. Bart_simpsonDoh
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11:37am Tue 7 Jan 14

oxfordgirl says...

This is the explanation I have had from the County Council Highways Dept:

The opening of the High Street during periods of flooding is always an option however this only usually happens if both Botley and Abingdon Roads have to close. The Botley Road is currently open to traffic. It is always important to strike a balance to make sure High Street traffic flows as freely as possible for the benefit of buses serving destinations in Oxford and beyond. Opening the bus gate always impacts on bus service timetables. Nonetheless, this is an issue that is kept under constant review.
This is the explanation I have had from the County Council Highways Dept: The opening of the High Street during periods of flooding is always an option however this only usually happens if both Botley and Abingdon Roads have to close. The Botley Road is currently open to traffic. It is always important to strike a balance to make sure High Street traffic flows as freely as possible for the benefit of buses serving destinations in Oxford and beyond. Opening the bus gate always impacts on bus service timetables. Nonetheless, this is an issue that is kept under constant review. oxfordgirl
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11:43am Tue 7 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Usual crap then. East of Oxford is gridlocked, but as that area according to the council is a 'poor' area it does not matter. If anyting North Oxford was flodded, ie Banbury or Woodstock Road, they would be pulling out all the stops and opening as many 'closed' routes as possible.
Usual crap then. East of Oxford is gridlocked, but as that area according to the council is a 'poor' area it does not matter. If anyting North Oxford was flodded, ie Banbury or Woodstock Road, they would be pulling out all the stops and opening as many 'closed' routes as possible. Bart_simpsonDoh
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12:25pm Tue 7 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Completely choking off the city's bus network at this difficult time would do nothing to ease congestion. The High St has to remain open to buses for as long as possible in order to keep the network moving. Don't forget the Abingdon Rd bus services are having to use the High St too, as they are coming up the Iffley Rd.

If you've got a desperate need to drive into Oxford, use the Botley Rd. If you have not, stay away or use the bus.
Completely choking off the city's bus network at this difficult time would do nothing to ease congestion. The High St has to remain open to buses for as long as possible in order to keep the network moving. Don't forget the Abingdon Rd bus services are having to use the High St too, as they are coming up the Iffley Rd. If you've got a desperate need to drive into Oxford, use the Botley Rd. If you have not, stay away or use the bus. King Joke
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2:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

SAWA83 says...

Amongst all the criticism of the Council and authorities, I have to express my praise and admiration for all the workers out there doing everything they can to help those in need, to clear the roads, to pump the water away, to distribute sandbags and to keep the city moving. In many areas it's complete chaos at the moment with houses flooded, roads closed and a limited transport infrastructure... the situation could be a whole lot worse if it wasn't for all those people working through the night and responding to emergency situations.

People might be having trouble driving around the city, but homes, land and livelihoods are flooded; let's keep some perspective.

Well done to the local authorities for all the work they're doing... good work, keep it up I say!
Amongst all the criticism of the Council and authorities, I have to express my praise and admiration for all the workers out there doing everything they can to help those in need, to clear the roads, to pump the water away, to distribute sandbags and to keep the city moving. In many areas it's complete chaos at the moment with houses flooded, roads closed and a limited transport infrastructure... the situation could be a whole lot worse if it wasn't for all those people working through the night and responding to emergency situations. People might be having trouble driving around the city, but homes, land and livelihoods are flooded; let's keep some perspective. Well done to the local authorities for all the work they're doing... good work, keep it up I say! SAWA83
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3:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

King Joke says...

^ What SAWA said. I saw all the EA guys (and girls) putting the flood barrier together at Hinksey Park last night in foul weather. Great stuff guys.
^ What SAWA said. I saw all the EA guys (and girls) putting the flood barrier together at Hinksey Park last night in foul weather. Great stuff guys. King Joke
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4:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

SAWA83 wrote:
Amongst all the criticism of the Council and authorities, I have to express my praise and admiration for all the workers out there doing everything they can to help those in need, to clear the roads, to pump the water away, to distribute sandbags and to keep the city moving. In many areas it's complete chaos at the moment with houses flooded, roads closed and a limited transport infrastructure... the situation could be a whole lot worse if it wasn't for all those people working through the night and responding to emergency situations.

People might be having trouble driving around the city, but homes, land and livelihoods are flooded; let's keep some perspective.

Well done to the local authorities for all the work they're doing... good work, keep it up I say!
WELL SAID!
I feel very thankful I'm warm/dry and that where I live in Oxford it's unlikely to flood. Only need to venture out to take my puppy for his walks!!!
[quote][p][bold]SAWA83[/bold] wrote: Amongst all the criticism of the Council and authorities, I have to express my praise and admiration for all the workers out there doing everything they can to help those in need, to clear the roads, to pump the water away, to distribute sandbags and to keep the city moving. In many areas it's complete chaos at the moment with houses flooded, roads closed and a limited transport infrastructure... the situation could be a whole lot worse if it wasn't for all those people working through the night and responding to emergency situations. People might be having trouble driving around the city, but homes, land and livelihoods are flooded; let's keep some perspective. Well done to the local authorities for all the work they're doing... good work, keep it up I say![/p][/quote]WELL SAID! I feel very thankful I'm warm/dry and that where I live in Oxford it's unlikely to flood. Only need to venture out to take my puppy for his walks!!! cuckoo
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8:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I'm sure I read somewhere, that the work done last year, would prevent Abingdon Road from flooding again............the water was a foot deep when I drove through it yesterday, before they closed it
I'm sure I read somewhere, that the work done last year, would prevent Abingdon Road from flooding again............the water was a foot deep when I drove through it yesterday, before they closed it Dilligaf2010
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10:50pm Tue 7 Jan 14

lisal says...

How's the towpath along the canal looking to get to Osney Mead? Will this be closed?
How's the towpath along the canal looking to get to Osney Mead? Will this be closed? lisal
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11:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

William Crossley says...

It may resemble a canal but that's the main channel of the River Thames.

The towpath through the lock has stayed open as far as the path into Osney Mead even in the worst flooding in recent years but you may need wellies when you get to Osney Mead.
It may resemble a canal but that's the main channel of the River Thames. The towpath through the lock has stayed open as far as the path into Osney Mead even in the worst flooding in recent years but you may need wellies when you get to Osney Mead. William Crossley
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12:46am Wed 8 Jan 14

tbontb says...

Whenever the regular bus services along the Abingdon Road are suspended due to flooding, there is a desperate need for a substitute service, for commuters coming in to Oxford, for visitors to Oxford and for local residents, many of whom find it difficult to walk a mile or more into town - even when the weather is fine. There is quite a simple remedy: institute a shuttle minibus service from St Aldate's, along the Abingdon Road as far as is possible, then along one of the cross streets to Wytham Street and down to the end of Wytham Street. From there it is a short walk to the Go store, where country buses could pick up and drop passengers on the south side of the store. This location is also close to the Redbridge P&R; allowing commuters to leave their cars there and walk to the end of Wytham Street to catch the shuttle. I am sure such a service would be heavily used and would quickly pay for itself.
Whenever the regular bus services along the Abingdon Road are suspended due to flooding, there is a desperate need for a substitute service, for commuters coming in to Oxford, for visitors to Oxford and for local residents, many of whom find it difficult to walk a mile or more into town - even when the weather is fine. There is quite a simple remedy: institute a shuttle minibus service from St Aldate's, along the Abingdon Road as far as is possible, then along one of the cross streets to Wytham Street and down to the end of Wytham Street. From there it is a short walk to the Go store, where country buses could pick up and drop passengers on the south side of the store. This location is also close to the Redbridge P&R; allowing commuters to leave their cars there and walk to the end of Wytham Street to catch the shuttle. I am sure such a service would be heavily used and would quickly pay for itself. tbontb
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8:18am Wed 8 Jan 14

King Joke says...

^ What tbontb said.

I'm in Grandpont and can walk the ten minutes to Speedwell St to catch a bus - but people further out in New Hinksey are left stranded without a service for a few days - it was almost a week in Aug 2007.
^ What tbontb said. I'm in Grandpont and can walk the ten minutes to Speedwell St to catch a bus - but people further out in New Hinksey are left stranded without a service for a few days - it was almost a week in Aug 2007. King Joke
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11:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Progressive Innovations says...

We agree with Peter Rawcliffe of Oxford Flood Alliance.
He Said:
"Whatever happens, flood experts say things need to get better in the long-term." Peter Rawcliffe, of Oxford Flood Alliance, said: “There is a general consensus that Oxford needs better flood defenses than it has got."

We at Progressive Innovations recommend Fast-Built Levees. One Instee Levee builder can produce more than 100,000 sandbag equivalency per day per one unit.

The Fast-Built Levees created are often 1/3rd the cost of sandbags.

This is the Flood barrier and Flood control Oxford needs. Fast-Built Levees displace the need for sandbags within a community so that fewer sandbags will go further.

We recommend using Fast-Built Levees to go around whole city blocks and then volunteers can rather than fill sandbags can help families place sandbags. The Instee Levee Builder and Quick Levee Builder are reasonably priced. Check out www.progressiveinnov
ations.com for upfront pricing and easy financing.

Many businesses are finding Levee Builder Machine ownership is a good solution to protect their businesses and still have the time and resources to help the neighbors. www.progressiveinnov
ations.com
We agree with Peter Rawcliffe of Oxford Flood Alliance. He Said: "Whatever happens, flood experts say things need to get better in the long-term." Peter Rawcliffe, of Oxford Flood Alliance, said: “There is a general consensus that Oxford needs better flood defenses than it has got." We at Progressive Innovations recommend Fast-Built Levees. One Instee Levee builder can produce more than 100,000 sandbag equivalency per day per one unit. The Fast-Built Levees created are often 1/3rd the cost of sandbags. This is the Flood barrier and Flood control Oxford needs. Fast-Built Levees displace the need for sandbags within a community so that fewer sandbags will go further. We recommend using Fast-Built Levees to go around whole city blocks and then volunteers can rather than fill sandbags can help families place sandbags. The Instee Levee Builder and Quick Levee Builder are reasonably priced. Check out www.progressiveinnov ations.com for upfront pricing and easy financing. Many businesses are finding Levee Builder Machine ownership is a good solution to protect their businesses and still have the time and resources to help the neighbors. www.progressiveinnov ations.com Progressive Innovations
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