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Flood blog: Friday, February 7

Last updated:

    Flooding similar to last month's is expected again from Sunday
  • Abingdon Road and Botley Road are likely to close after flooding this weekend
  • More than 60 incidents have been attended by firefighters today
  • More flood warnings have been issued this evening in the county
  • Heavy rain is set to fall overnight

Comments


Dilligaf2010 2:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The water level on Christ Church meadows appears to have dropped overnight, something I find quite strange, considering it rained after I looked last night.

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Gunslinger 3:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Biffa appear to have given up on waste collections around Abingdon today. Nice to let people know.....

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Sophia 3:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff

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doublehop 4:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Sophia wrote…


The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff

I agree, thank goodness for Lockkeepers who are on site 24/7.

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King Joke 4:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon.

Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.

Score: 5
remberingthe80s 6:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

i lay the blame for these floods clearly on the oxford city council, Oxfordshire country council, land owners. for years drains not cleared or rivers not cleaned out and the land owners that give the council back handers to turn the other way on cleaning the brooks and gulleys on the road side, they are not Oxfordshire born or bread outsiders that have money take the land and are just in it for the monies. also the councillors that dont even come from the town dont even care about the impact it is having in the long term. i am form oxford and seen this great place go to the dogs. too many dicisions made with money and no thought in the long term. this town is finished. too many cars and the colleges that have too much power. it is about time someone stood up against them.

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mytaxes 7:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

doublehop wrote…


Sophia wrote…


The Environment Agency is on the receiving end today, would just like to say their work in Oxford in recent years has been first rate and is appreciated liekwise Council staff
I agree, thank goodness for Lockkeepers who are on site 24/7.

Unfortunately, I have heard that they are yet again considering getting rid of lock-keepers! How they can even talk about this is beyond belief.

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Dilligaf2010 9:18am Sat 8 Feb 14

King Joke wrote…


Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon.

Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.

Fair point, but with the water table so high already, one would expect any rain falling on flooded areas to stay there, as there's nowhere for it to go

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King Joke 8:24am Mon 10 Feb 14

Dilligaf2010 wrote…


King Joke wrote…

Diligaf, rain falling in Oxford has little effect on water levels here, counter-intuitive though this may seem. It is rain falling on the Cotswolds which hits here 2-3 days afterwards that gives us the river surges. Given the rain last night and tonight I'd expect water levels to peak Sun/Mon. Sophia, spot on. The EA response to bund off New Hinksey and pump water away is slickly organised and timely.
Fair point, but with the water table so high already, one would expect any rain falling on flooded areas to stay there, as there's nowhere for it to go

It's the funnelling effect Diligaf. The land area upstream is larger, so given equal rainfall everywhere, it is the rain falling on the Cotswolds, east of the watershed, which will give us the big surge. Local rain might give a tiny lift but it's the Cotswold rain that scuppers us.

That my Mystic KJ prediction was borne out vindicates this :-)

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