Flood blog: Sunday February 9 for Oxfordshire

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  • Abingdon Road is shut in Oxford
  • Botley Road is flooded in places, but still remains open tonight
  • There are 14 flood warnings in place, but no severe warnings
  • At the moment, river levels are forecast to exceed last month's, but not 2007's
  • Flood defences are put up across the city, including on Osney Island and around Hinksey Lake

12:23am

AN UPDATE on plans for rail services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway this morning.

First Great Western is still aiming to operate a shuttle train service between the two stations, as long as water levels on the tracks at Redbridge allow trains to pass through the area. These trains will call at Radley but taxis will be provided for passengers at Culham and Appleford.

Road transport at Oxford and Didcot will be available to step in if required.

CrossCountry has announced that it will be suspending services between Oxford and Didcot until further notice.

CrossCountry passengers will be able to use FGW, Chiltern Railways and South West Train services to complete their journeys on all reasonable routes.

There may also be delays to trains between Didcot, Reading and London tomorrow, as there are still problems with flood water on the tracks between Twyford and Maidenhead tonight.

  • FGW is hoping to resume services between London, Reading and Exeter from the middle of the day tomorrow, after flood water east of Taunton receded.

For the latest information, see the FGW and CrossCountry websites.

 

10:14pm

10:12pm

A flood warning is now in place at the River Thames and its tributaries at Kennington, near Oxford.

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8:34pm

Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is urging drivers to take extra care on wet roads tonight and in the morning, due to predicted freezing temperatures which could lead to icy conditions on untreated roads.

8:34pm

If you live in South Oxfordshire and you haven't managed to get sandbags today, South Oxfordshire District Council has said it will replenish its stocks tomorrow. 

The council says it is only able to provide a limited amount of sandbags from its offices in Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford and that demand is very high, 'with bags often going as soon as deliveries are made'. 

 

8:26pm

Readings taken by the Environment Agency in Witney at 6.15pm tonight have recorded a level of 1.88 metres on the River Windrush in Witney. 

The typical level is between 0.46 metres and 1.25 metres and the highest recorded at the same location was 1.99 metres in November 2012.

8:25pm

More than 9,000 sandbags have now been distributed to residents across the county. 

Oxfordshire County Council said it had handed out more than 3,100 residents.
Sandbag dumps were being stocked outside the Duke of Monmouth pub, in Abingdon Road, Oxford and by PC World, Botley Road, Oxford.

Oxford City Council said it had delivered more than 1,200 sandbags to individual homes.

Residents were also able to collect sandbags from Redbridge and Seacourt Park and Ride sites.

The Vale of White Horse District Council said it had given out more than 5,000 sandbags.

7:47pm

First Great Western has said the flooding at Hinskey has now reached a level that it is expecting trains between Oxford and Didcot Parkway to be affected tomorrow. 

It will operate a rail shuttle service between Oxford and Didcot, calling at Radley. 

Taxis will be provided for customers using Appleford and Culham stations.

Coaches have also been ordered and will be used to support demand with an estimated journey time of 90 minutes.

If the line closes coaches will operate between Oxford and Didcot calling Appleford, Culham and Radley.

7:44pm

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed the A417 Faringdon Road near Silver Lane (Mellors Garage), Challow has now re-opened

7:29pm

The River Thames at Abingdon is expected to continue rising slowly over the coming days, according to the Environment Agency. Properties closest to the River Thames and smaller watercourses remain at highest risk.

7:25pm

The Environment Agency says the River Windrush remains high in Witney, but river levels are starting to stabilise and should start to fall slowly overnight.

7:24pm

River levels are forecast to exceed last month's, but not 2007's, the Environment Agency is currently saying.

This is what the agency has issued today about the flooding situation at the River Thames and its tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford:

"River levels through Oxford will continue to rise today. On Monday morning, the levels will steady for a while but will then start to rise again. Currently, river levels are forecast to be slightly higher than in January 2014 and January 2003 but lower than those seen in 2007. Property flooding is expected over the next couple of days. The weather prospects are to expect a mix of showers and dry spells today."

The same forecast has been offered for New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford.

7:21pm

7:16pm

The river level at Kings Mill in Oxford is 2.64 metres, measurements taken at 6.30pm this evening by the Environment Agency show. This means the water has not risen since around 11am this morning. The levels are still higher than during the severe floods of 2007, however, and only 5cm away from the highest ever recorded level.

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5:39pm

POLICE have warned people not to drive through flooded roads that have been closed.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said motorists could face “life threatening” situations to themselves or cause further flooding to properties.

He said: "Across the Thames Valley it has been necessary for a number of roads to be closed. Unfortunately, some people are still ignoring road closures.

"I would remind motorists that roads are closed as a last resort to protect the local residents and the motorist. Please do not ignore or contravene these signs - it could be potentially life threatening.

"The water is often deeper than it looks and may be fast moving. Your vehicle may be swept away or you may become stranded.

"Many drivers of 4x4 or large vehicles are driving through flood water, but this can also cause huge bow waves that can then cause further flooding to nearby properties. We are appealing for drivers to take a common sense approach and obey the road signs.

"Further, please do not remove sandbags which support road closure signs to stay upright. Doing so could result in signs being blown over."

 

5:24pm

5:15pm

SUPPLIES OF sandbags for residents in the Abingdon Road area of Oxford are available at the Duke of Monmouth pub and more have been delivered by council staff this afternoon.

The pub is also offering to help people affected by flooding who have had to turn off gas and electricity supplies as a safety precaution by inviting them to bring along food to be cooked by the pub's kitchen staff.

5:09pm

RAIL passengers are being warned to expect disruption to services between Oxford and Didcot Parkway tomorrow, due to flooding.

First Great Western says water that is already on the tracks at Redbridge is expected to affect services tomorrow but it hopes to run an hourly shuttle service between the city and Didcot.

Coaches are on standby to take passengers between the two stations by road if the situation deteriorates.

A spokesman said: "Coaches have been ordered and will be used if the line needs to be closed or to support demand."

Passengers are advised to check the FGW website before setting out to the station tomorrow, to see what services are running.

Trains are not running between Oxford and Didcot today due to pre-arranged engineering work.

Services between Oxford and Hereford are now running west of Great Malvern again after a broken rail at Colwall was repaired.

5:04pm

Richer Sounds in Botley Road and Osney Court, flooded this afternoon

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5:03pm

Oxford City Council and the county council have issued letters to residents warning that they may be forced to evacuate as their homes may flood in the next 24 hours.

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Properties on Duke Street, Earl Street, Bullstake Close (pictured) and Botley Road “may begin to flood – despite the defences that have been put in place,” according to the council.

It is recommending that people move valuables off the ground floor and prepare to leave “for at least a few days”.

The letter said that fire services will try and give advance warning to homes that will need to evacuate.

The Environment Agency is predicting that water levels will continue to rise over the next 24 hours.

5:01pm

IN the Vale of White Horse, more than 5,000 sandbags have been distributed in the past few days by council staff.

A limited supply of sandbags for residents at risk of flooding in Abingdon is due to be delivered to the B&Q car park in Nuffield Way and the Cattle Market car park, off Abbey Close, this afternoon and arrangements are being made for sandbags to be delivered to South Hinksey.

Sandbag dumps will be replenished as required tomorrow.

The Rye Farm car park in Abingdon is closed due to flooding.

The flood barrier is now in place across Kennington Road in Kennington.

5:00pm

Residents in Binsey Lane say the water has come up to their gardens today

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4:55pm

WEST Oxfordshire District Council is advising anyone living in the district whose home is affected by flooding and who needs help to find temporary accommodation to call 01993 861000.

4:46pm

RESIDENTS of Duke Street, Earl Street, Bullstake Close and Botley Road (around the Bullstake Close junction) in West Oxford are being informed by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council that the Environment Agency is concerned that water levels will continue to rise over the next 24 hours and some homes may begin to flood, despite the defences that have been put in place.

Letters are being to delivered to all the households affected. A reception centre for anyone who wants to leave their home but does not have temporary accommodation available is being set up at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre.

For more details, see the county council website.

4:42pm

DUE to road closures at Drayton, Thames Travel X1 buses are diverting through Milton, to get to Bradstocks Way, then rejoining the normal route from Milton Park.

3:45pm

About 20 residents are being rescued by firefighters from Bablockhythe Caravan Park near Northmoor, for the second time in five weeks. 

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Fire crews using a floating sledge and a rescue boat are helping people from their homes. 

They are being taken away in 4x4 vehicles and temporarily housed elsewhere by the district council.

Station Manager Nick Bourke, who is leading the rescue operation for Oxfordshire County Council's Fire & Rescue Service, said: "This is the second time residents here have been flooded in just over a month.

"We have been in constant dialogue with people here since it became evident that flooding would again be on the agenda and some of them have now taken the decision to leave.

"The Fire and Rescue Service is very well prepared to deal with incidents like this and we have worked well with West Oxfordshire District Council to help this community.

"There are still about 15 caravan park residents who have chosen to remain, and we will continue to support them with any information and advice that they might want or need."

3:31pm

Staff at the Isis Farm House in Oxford say they have decided to close early as water is creeping towards the entrace. 

Owner Jonathan Price said the pub was accessible along the towpath and customers had still dropped in - but wearing welly boots.

He said: “We are surrounded by water and our front door is about 10cm above water level.

“If early January is anything to go by it will take 48 hours to come. Thursday’s rain we are expecting to by at our front door late Tuesday night.

“We have a pretty good plan in place. Most of the action is outside where our wood supply starts escaping so we net it all up to stop it floating away.

“Inside we keep an eye and move things as necessary. It’s good fun.”

3:27pm

Robin Birch sent in these pictures showing the area around Swinford Toll Bridge yesterday

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3:08pm

3:06pm

The Environment Agency is currently putting a flood wall up around Hinksey Lake and says it is expecting a lot more water to come down from Lechlade in Gloucestershire. 

2:59pm

2:37pm

Temporary toilets set up in Chatham Road off Abingdon Road, Oxford. 

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2:30pm

A father and daughter battle their way through the flood water in Abingdon Road, Oxford. 

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2:17pm

THE River Thames across Oxfordshire remains at a medium risk of flooding for the next few days.

The Environment Agency is warning the river is expected to flood and people should be prepared.

Oxfordshire is on an amber warning for today, Monday and Tuesday.

Amber alert means flooding is expected.
People are advised to:

  • Remain vigilant and monitor weather forecasts.
  • Consider re-sheduling journeys.
  • Prepare for flooding and take precautions
  • Do not walk or drive through flood water.

A warning on the River Cherwell is no longer in force as water levels stabilised yesterday however, it remains 'sensitive' to flooding if there is further rainfall.

For local flood information call Floodline 0345 9881188 or 0845 9881188

1:55pm

Bob Norman and Clive Taylor have been out on the River Thames from Wolvercote to Osney Lock making the most of the high levels with their kayaks. Mr Taylor, 49, said: "We come out every weekend but prefer it when the river levels are higher although it is quite gentle today."

1:49pm

1:47pm

The fire service has set up a Gold Command group to prepare for the worst. 

Oxfordshire’s senior fire officers, which make up Gold Command, have met to prepare to put in place emergency flood plans.

A spokeswoman said crews were making general patrols and monitoring river levels, especially in the south of the county but said they had not been called to many flooding related incidents so far.

She said: “We are just preparing for the worst. We are taking guidance from the emergency planning department at the council.

"Our Gold Command has been set up."

1:40pm

RAIL passengers travelling between Oxford and Herefordshire are being advised they will have to use buses west of Great Malvern for the time being, due to emergency engineering work which has closed the line between Colwall and Ledbury.

There are still some delays to trains between Didcot and London, due to flooding in the Twyford area, which means trains have to run at reduced speeds. And a reminder that buses are replacing trains all day between Oxford and Didcot, due to pre-arranged engineering work.

For the latest, see First Great Western's JourneyCheck page.

1:37pm

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1:18pm

The River Thames has burst its banks in Culham

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1:18pm

Oxfordshire County Council says gritters will be out from 7pm tonight across the county to treat the roads (not the ones that are flooded) 

1:15pm

1:15pm

Water almost up to the doors of homes in Culham

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1:13pm

Oxford Bus Company has confirmed Park and Ride Services from Thornhill are now stopping at the train station. 

In addition to Abingdon Road, the route through Kennington and in Kidlington Mill St and Evans Lane are closed, so the following diversions are in place:

  • Park and Ride 400 Seacourt Park and Ride Car Park is now closed. Park and Ride 400  services from Thornhill are starting and terminating at the railway station
  • cityX3/X13/Park and Ride 300: These services are diverting via Iffley Road, High St to the city centre. Leaving Oxford, services will operate the same diversion in reverse.
  • The City35 is diverting via Iffley Road and then Bagley Wood Rd. They are unable to serve stops between St Swithuns Road and Redbridge.
  • The City2 is also diverting in Kidlington because of the closure of Mill St and Evans Lane.

1:09pm

The fire service are in Botney Lane, West Hanney, after Childrey Brook burst its banks

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1:02pm

The Tesco store in Abingdon remains closed, staff have confirmed, and looks set to be for the rest of the day but they are hoping to reopen again tomorrow. 

1:01pm

12:59pm

The Environment Agency has updated river levels on its website today and says that at one monitoring station in the city, they are well above the 2007 levels already and almost at record level - rising around 5cm in 12 hours. 

It says the river level at Kings Mill is 2.64 metres as of 11.45am today, the typical river level range is between 1.63 metres and 2.07 metres.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 2.69 metres and the river level reached 2.58 metres on July 23, 2007.  

12:33pm

Our reporter Matt Oliver was over in Witney earlier and took this picture of Crawley Mill on the River Windrush

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12:30pm

One large delivery lorry heading for the Nisa convenience store on Abingdon Road was turned back this morning after the road closed due to the flooding.

Shop owner Mohammad Afzal said: "People around here might not be able to get to a supermarket, so we have to stay open for them. I think they should let our lorries through. We should all be looking after each other."

12:28pm

12:25pm

Sand still available in Abingdon Road, Oxford, for people to go and make up their own. 

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12:24pm

The picture in Bridge Street, Witney, this afternoon

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11:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

eleanor.young123 says

A passenger is directing the X13 driver (Abingdon to Oxford) we did a 3 point turn at Abingdon Rd! Redgrave Park and Ride still open

11:57am

Not flood related but there's a signalling problem up near Stafford that is causing 60 minute delays on CrossCountry trains and cancellations, for those who have battled the flood water to Oxford Train Station and may now be hoping their travel woes are behind them.

11:54am

11:52am

One of our staff has just been down the Botley Road and says: Workers are sandbagging the substation in Ferry Hinksey Road, which they did not do three weeks ago.

There is a lot of activity on Botley Road but it is open at the moment. However water is beginning to flow onto the road in a couple of places. It is not raining at the moment but water seems to be rising fast in surrounding areas. I fully expect the Botley Road to close later as all the preparation seems to be put in place.

11:49am

 

The other end of Abingdon Road

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11:48am

Here's some shots from another reader called Jamie down in Abingdon Road. He has reported: Levels not as high as last month but rising. Local people saying 'this is happening more often and getting higher each time'

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11:46am

Cyclist braves the floodwater in Abingdon Road.

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11:42am

Thanks to reader Nigel (presumably from Kennington) with a couple of pictures from the village

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11:39am

11:16am Sun 9 Feb 14

jm_white says

Abingdon Tesco in Marcham Rd is flooded and closed. Signs are not on Marcham Rd roundabout, but near to shop. Not very clear, either.

11:37am

11:35am

Correction has just come in from the county council:

11:34am

Probably best to give you the latest list in full from the county council for completeness:

  • Abingdon Road, Oxford
  • 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 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 Rd
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd 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
  • Weirs Lane, Oxford
  • Mill Street, Islip
  • Kennington Road, from its junction with Old Abingdon Road to the mini roundabout at Upper End, Kennington
  • Lower Icknield Road, Chinnor

Correction: the county council initially said Evan Road in Kidlington was closed but has now said it is still open. Our advice would be to steer clear of it if you can in case events overtake updates.

11:32am

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11:31am

Also new road closures fresh in from Oxfordshire County Council:

  • Weirs Lane, Oxford
  • Mill Street, Islip

Correction: the county council initially said Evan Road in Kidlington was closed but has now said it is still open. Our advice would be to steer clear of it if you can in case events overtake updates.

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11:16am Sun 9 Feb 14

jm_white says

Abingdon Tesco in Marcham Rd is flooded and closed. Signs are not on Marcham Rd roundabout, but near to shop. Not very clear, either.

11:29am

Kennington Road, from its junction with Old Abingdon Road to the mini roundabout at Upper End, Kennington, is closed

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10:20am

Sarah Bowman sent in these pictures showing the view in Buckland Road Bampton 

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10:14am

An ambulance battling through the floodwater in Abingdon Road 

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10:10am

THE following Oxford Bus Company services will be diverted via Iffley Road in both directions, due to the closure of Abingdon Road:

X3/X13, 35, 300 (Redbridge park-and-ride). In addition, the 35 will be diverted via Bagley Wood Road and will not serve stops in Kennington Road.

Thames Travel routes that are also being diverted along Iffley Road are X1, X32, X2, X39 and X40.

All these services, along with Stagecoach routes 16, 31 and 34, will suffer delays due to the extra mileage involved. 

Note that the diverted services will not call at bus stops in Iffley Road.

Due to the closure of Seacourt park-and-ride by flooding, the 400 will turn round at Botley and use the stops in Botley Road outside Johnsons car dealership

In Kidlington, the following diversion applies on Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach buses on routes 2 and 2A due to flooding closing Evans Lane:

  • The 2 will divert from the Oxford Audi garage, left into Banbury Road, right into The Moors, right into High Street, left into Sterling Road Approach and left on to Oxford Road, resuming its normal route at the car wash towards Oxford.
  • 2A will divert from the car wash straight ahead to the Audi garage, then left into Lyne Road where normal route will be resumed.

9:51am

Oxford City Council says it has installed temporary toilets at Fox Crescent and Canning Crescent off Abingdon Road as drains are overflowing.

9:49am

TRAIN journeys between Oxford and London Paddington will take a lot longer than usual today due to a combination of engineering work and flooding.

The line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway is closed all day for pre-planned engineering work and trains between Didcot, Reading and London are being delayed by up to 15 minutes as a result of speed restrictions between Twyford and Maidenhead, due to flooding of the tracks.

For more information, see First Great Western's JourneyCheck page.

The other rail routes from Oxford, to Bicester Town, Birmingham and the North and the Cotswold Line to Worcester and Hereford, are all open, though some Cotswold Line trains are slightly retimed.

9:46am

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service says it's been called to 'the odd one or two' flood-related incidents overnight in places such as Abingdon and Henley but nothing major. They are not out pumping anywhere as yet today but are ready to go if situation worsens. 

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9:04am

Seacourt Park and Ride, off Botley Road, is now shut, says Oxfordshire County Council

9:01am

9:01am

Some good news from a reader in Abingdon, with flooding down a little in Chaunterwell Way, which is near the Ock and one of its streams.

The top picture is noon yesterday and the bottom one 8am today.

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8:54am

In case you missed it yesterday, here's a video from Oxfordshire firefighters on how to make a sandbag:

8:51am

8:51am

Down in the south it's heavy rain lunchtime and light showers later today, say the Met Office. 

Tuesday sees that heavy rain in the morning and past lunchtime and then light showers in the afternoon. Rain showers late on Wednesday, turning heavy in the early hours of Thursday. Light rain showers later that day.

Up Bicester way today again it is heavy rain so we'd suggest staying indoors with a nice hot Sunday roast. Tuesday morning and lunchtime is again heavy but Wednesday looking better: light rain late at night.

That turns heavy in the early hours of Thursday and light rain then throughout the day.

And in the west light showers now and lunchtime, before drying up. Monday could see a brief return of those showers, unlike the rest of the county.

Again Tuesday is looking grim in the morning and early afternoon and that white stuff may start coming down in the early hours of Wednesday. In the evening you'll see light rain showers, according to the forecast, with that being the situation for at least 24 hours.

8:37am

Weather forecast for the city at the moment is light showers coming in shortly, heavy showers around lunchtime and returning to the lighter stuff in the afternoon. 

Nothing is predicted for Monday but Tuesday we're on a yellow rain warning. Rain throughout the day, heavy in the morning and middle of the day.

Early hours of Wednesday carries the forecast from the Met Office of a light snow shower, just to mix things up for us, followed by light showers in the afternoon. 

And Thursday, light rain in the early hours and afternoon.

8:33am

We're still waiting for an update over the effect of the Abingdon Road being shut. The Stagecoach changes are a couple of posts down.

8:26am

Hanney Road in Steventon  is closed due to fallen tree

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8:23am

A few reminders from our friends at the county council:

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8:19am

A couple of tweets from overnight:

 

8:18am

No great change in flood warnings overnight. The current situation, which now covers the entire length of the Thames in our area, is:

  • River Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford
  • River Thames and tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in 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 from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area
  • River Thames in Abingdon
  • River Thames at Clifton Hampden, Dorchester and Little Wittenham
  • River Thames at Culham
  • 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 in the Dorchester and Overy areas
  • River Thame from below Eythrope to Chiselhampton including Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley and Chippinghurst

Flood warnings mean property flooding is expected so take immediate action.

8:09am

The current road closures are:

  • Abingdon Road, Oxford
  • 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 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 Rd
  • Road to Woodeaton - from Elsfield Rd 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

8:05am

Good morning.

Oxfordshire County Council has shut Abingdon Road in Oxford, from its junctiuon with Thames Street and St Aldate's down to near Redbridge park and ride.

It happened at 4.15am. The council says signs are being put up on the ring road to let drivers know about this.

 

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10:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Word of warning, don't park in the Homebase car park on the Botley Road as an alternative they WILL give you a penalty of £60. My daughter a community care assistant had no choice but to park there as she had to visit clients at the other end of Botley Roard and so had to walk the length of it through flood water. On her return 18 minutes after their limit she was fined. Nice community spirited company ParkingEye. They refused the appeal so she had to pay the fine, PCWorld are slated for putting up a sign but not actually fining anyone, ParkingEye continue to rake in the money despite people's obvious suffering during the floods.
Word of warning, don't park in the Homebase car park on the Botley Road as an alternative they WILL give you a penalty of £60. My daughter a community care assistant had no choice but to park there as she had to visit clients at the other end of Botley Roard and so had to walk the length of it through flood water. On her return 18 minutes after their limit she was fined. Nice community spirited company ParkingEye. They refused the appeal so she had to pay the fine, PCWorld are slated for putting up a sign but not actually fining anyone, ParkingEye continue to rake in the money despite people's obvious suffering during the floods. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 7

11:16am Sun 9 Feb 14

jm_white says...

Abingdon Tesco in Marcham Rd is flooded and closed. Signs are not on Marcham Rd roundabout, but near to shop. Not very clear, either.
Abingdon Tesco in Marcham Rd is flooded and closed. Signs are not on Marcham Rd roundabout, but near to shop. Not very clear, either. jm_white
  • Score: 1

11:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

eleanor.young123 says...

A passenger is directing the X13 driver (Abingdon to Oxford) we did a 3 point turn at Abingdon Rd! Redgrave Park and Ride still open
A passenger is directing the X13 driver (Abingdon to Oxford) we did a 3 point turn at Abingdon Rd! Redgrave Park and Ride still open eleanor.young123
  • Score: 0

11:56am Sun 9 Feb 14

Assay14 says...

Well done again to the Oxford Mail for such an informative blog. Just wish we didn't need it so often.....:)
Well done again to the Oxford Mail for such an informative blog. Just wish we didn't need it so often.....:) Assay14
  • Score: 12

12:45pm Sun 9 Feb 14

shippondame says...

I concur, well done to the Oxford Mail in respect of this blog. A very helpful and informative up-to-the-minute SITREP beneficial to all our communities. Well done and a big thank you to all the contributors. Keep up the good work
P.S. I have asked my better half to buy me a mini hovercraft for my birthday; that should ensure I can get to work.
I concur, well done to the Oxford Mail in respect of this blog. A very helpful and informative up-to-the-minute SITREP beneficial to all our communities. Well done and a big thank you to all the contributors. Keep up the good work P.S. I have asked my better half to buy me a mini hovercraft for my birthday; that should ensure I can get to work. shippondame
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Sun 9 Feb 14

rfr says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Word of warning, don't park in the Homebase car park on the Botley Road as an alternative they WILL give you a penalty of £60. My daughter a community care assistant had no choice but to park there as she had to visit clients at the other end of Botley Roard and so had to walk the length of it through flood water. On her return 18 minutes after their limit she was fined. Nice community spirited company ParkingEye. They refused the appeal so she had to pay the fine, PCWorld are slated for putting up a sign but not actually fining anyone, ParkingEye continue to rake in the money despite people's obvious suffering during the floods.
Private companies on private land can't 'fine' anyone. Effectively they will claim you have entered into a contract but if you refuse to pay they will have to go to court to get an enforcement order. See e.g. http://www.advicegui
de.org.uk/scotland/c
onsumer_s/consumer_c
ars_and_other_vehicl
es_e/consumer_drivin
g_and_parking_e/cons
umer_parking_tickets
_s/parking_tickets_o
n_private_land_s.htm or http://www.parkingco
wboys.co.uk/parking-
tickets/
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Word of warning, don't park in the Homebase car park on the Botley Road as an alternative they WILL give you a penalty of £60. My daughter a community care assistant had no choice but to park there as she had to visit clients at the other end of Botley Roard and so had to walk the length of it through flood water. On her return 18 minutes after their limit she was fined. Nice community spirited company ParkingEye. They refused the appeal so she had to pay the fine, PCWorld are slated for putting up a sign but not actually fining anyone, ParkingEye continue to rake in the money despite people's obvious suffering during the floods.[/p][/quote]Private companies on private land can't 'fine' anyone. Effectively they will claim you have entered into a contract but if you refuse to pay they will have to go to court to get an enforcement order. See e.g. http://www.advicegui de.org.uk/scotland/c onsumer_s/consumer_c ars_and_other_vehicl es_e/consumer_drivin g_and_parking_e/cons umer_parking_tickets _s/parking_tickets_o n_private_land_s.htm or http://www.parkingco wboys.co.uk/parking- tickets/ rfr
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bicesterlady says...

Can only echo what others have said. The OM blog is the go to place for flooding information.
Thank you for both the news & more lighthearted updates. Keep it up!!0
Can only echo what others have said. The OM blog is the go to place for flooding information. Thank you for both the news & more lighthearted updates. Keep it up!!0 bicesterlady
  • Score: 3

2:41pm Sun 9 Feb 14

James9000 says...

I think showing videos of people using their Kayaks with there smiling faces and posting it on this blog is kind of rubbing peoples (who face their homes being flooded) noses in it.
I think showing videos of people using their Kayaks with there smiling faces and posting it on this blog is kind of rubbing peoples (who face their homes being flooded) noses in it. James9000
  • Score: 3

3:01pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

rfr wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Word of warning, don't park in the Homebase car park on the Botley Road as an alternative they WILL give you a penalty of £60. My daughter a community care assistant had no choice but to park there as she had to visit clients at the other end of Botley Roard and so had to walk the length of it through flood water. On her return 18 minutes after their limit she was fined. Nice community spirited company ParkingEye. They refused the appeal so she had to pay the fine, PCWorld are slated for putting up a sign but not actually fining anyone, ParkingEye continue to rake in the money despite people's obvious suffering during the floods.
Private companies on private land can't 'fine' anyone. Effectively they will claim you have entered into a contract but if you refuse to pay they will have to go to court to get an enforcement order. See e.g. http://www.advicegui

de.org.uk/scotland/c

onsumer_s/consumer_c

ars_and_other_vehicl

es_e/consumer_drivin

g_and_parking_e/cons

umer_parking_tickets

_s/parking_tickets_o

n_private_land_s.htm or http://www.parkingco

wboys.co.uk/parking-

tickets/
I am well aware of this but you would think given the current and previous conditions in that area they might have lightened up a bit with their jobsworth attitude.
[quote][p][bold]rfr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Word of warning, don't park in the Homebase car park on the Botley Road as an alternative they WILL give you a penalty of £60. My daughter a community care assistant had no choice but to park there as she had to visit clients at the other end of Botley Roard and so had to walk the length of it through flood water. On her return 18 minutes after their limit she was fined. Nice community spirited company ParkingEye. They refused the appeal so she had to pay the fine, PCWorld are slated for putting up a sign but not actually fining anyone, ParkingEye continue to rake in the money despite people's obvious suffering during the floods.[/p][/quote]Private companies on private land can't 'fine' anyone. Effectively they will claim you have entered into a contract but if you refuse to pay they will have to go to court to get an enforcement order. See e.g. http://www.advicegui de.org.uk/scotland/c onsumer_s/consumer_c ars_and_other_vehicl es_e/consumer_drivin g_and_parking_e/cons umer_parking_tickets _s/parking_tickets_o n_private_land_s.htm or http://www.parkingco wboys.co.uk/parking- tickets/[/p][/quote]I am well aware of this but you would think given the current and previous conditions in that area they might have lightened up a bit with their jobsworth attitude. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 4

3:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

OxonResident says...

James9000 wrote:
I think showing videos of people using their Kayaks with there smiling faces and posting it on this blog is kind of rubbing peoples (who face their homes being flooded) noses in it.
Anyone going boating, cycling or wading through this flood water keep in mind it could be contaminated with sewage, agricultural waste from upstream, or bacteria from any other sources. Don't get any water on your face or rub your eyes; make sure you clean your shoes or wellies off before you walk it into your home too. This goes for pets as well, I wouldn't want my dog splashing around in it that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]James9000[/bold] wrote: I think showing videos of people using their Kayaks with there smiling faces and posting it on this blog is kind of rubbing peoples (who face their homes being flooded) noses in it.[/p][/quote]Anyone going boating, cycling or wading through this flood water keep in mind it could be contaminated with sewage, agricultural waste from upstream, or bacteria from any other sources. Don't get any water on your face or rub your eyes; make sure you clean your shoes or wellies off before you walk it into your home too. This goes for pets as well, I wouldn't want my dog splashing around in it that's for sure. OxonResident
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

cuckoo says...

3:31pm
Staff at the Isis Farm House in Oxford say they have decided to close early as water is creeping towards the entrace.

Owner Jonathan Price said the pub was accessible along the towpath and customers had still dropped in - but wearing welly boots.

He said: “We are surrounded by water and our front door is about 10cm above water level.

“If early January is anything to go by it will take 48 hours to come. Thursday’s rain we are expecting to by at our front door late Tuesday night.

“We have a pretty good plan in place. Most of the action is outside where our wood supply starts escaping so we net it all up to stop it floating away.

“Inside we keep an eye and move things as necessary. It’s good fun.”

3:27pm



I'm guessing not that much "good fun" for many others!
3:31pm Staff at the Isis Farm House in Oxford say they have decided to close early as water is creeping towards the entrace. Owner Jonathan Price said the pub was accessible along the towpath and customers had still dropped in - but wearing welly boots. He said: “We are surrounded by water and our front door is about 10cm above water level. “If early January is anything to go by it will take 48 hours to come. Thursday’s rain we are expecting to by at our front door late Tuesday night. “We have a pretty good plan in place. Most of the action is outside where our wood supply starts escaping so we net it all up to stop it floating away. “Inside we keep an eye and move things as necessary. It’s good fun.” 3:27pm I'm guessing not that much "good fun" for many others! cuckoo
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

jm_white says...

Tesco in Abingdon opened at about 12.30. Half of car park is still flooded.
Tesco in Abingdon opened at about 12.30. Half of car park is still flooded. jm_white
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Muckaway says...

James9000 wrote:
I think showing videos of people using their Kayaks with there smiling faces and posting it on this blog is kind of rubbing peoples (who face their homes being flooded) noses in it.
Rubbish, it's typical Blitz spirit and British black humour. The Titanics' band carried on playing as the ship sank because there was nothing they could do.
In the 2007 floods, someone in Witney was playing "Nearer my God to Thee" on their violin as the flood waters rose.
[quote][p][bold]James9000[/bold] wrote: I think showing videos of people using their Kayaks with there smiling faces and posting it on this blog is kind of rubbing peoples (who face their homes being flooded) noses in it.[/p][/quote]Rubbish, it's typical Blitz spirit and British black humour. The Titanics' band carried on playing as the ship sank because there was nothing they could do. In the 2007 floods, someone in Witney was playing "Nearer my God to Thee" on their violin as the flood waters rose. Muckaway
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Muckaway says...

Richer Sounds have flooded and now have vast stocks of water music to shift.
Richer Sounds have flooded and now have vast stocks of water music to shift. Muckaway
  • Score: 1

6:43pm Sun 9 Feb 14

sdc1966 says...

The police say don't drive down flooded roads I pay my road tax so I will drive down them or will I get a rebate on my road tax. If I am late for work I don't get paid the houses have insurance and will get paid is it my problem they bought a house next to a river in a flood plane!!!!!!
The police say don't drive down flooded roads I pay my road tax so I will drive down them or will I get a rebate on my road tax. If I am late for work I don't get paid the houses have insurance and will get paid is it my problem they bought a house next to a river in a flood plane!!!!!! sdc1966
  • Score: -15

6:50pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

sdc1966 wrote:
The police say don't drive down flooded roads I pay my road tax so I will drive down them or will I get a rebate on my road tax. If I am late for work I don't get paid the houses have insurance and will get paid is it my problem they bought a house next to a river in a flood plane!!!!!!
Not necessary to show your contempt of others on here is it really ?

With any luck you and your road fund licence will find yourselves drifting down the Thames shortly.
[quote][p][bold]sdc1966[/bold] wrote: The police say don't drive down flooded roads I pay my road tax so I will drive down them or will I get a rebate on my road tax. If I am late for work I don't get paid the houses have insurance and will get paid is it my problem they bought a house next to a river in a flood plane!!!!!![/p][/quote]Not necessary to show your contempt of others on here is it really ? With any luck you and your road fund licence will find yourselves drifting down the Thames shortly. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 13

7:24pm Sun 9 Feb 14

docs says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
sdc1966 wrote:
The police say don't drive down flooded roads I pay my road tax so I will drive down them or will I get a rebate on my road tax. If I am late for work I don't get paid the houses have insurance and will get paid is it my problem they bought a house next to a river in a flood plane!!!!!!
Not necessary to show your contempt of others on here is it really ?

With any luck you and your road fund licence will find yourselves drifting down the Thames shortly.
Somebody said it's an offence to drive past the 'road closed' signs. If so, can we presume that if people take photos of the offenders doing so, they'll be issued with a fine?
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sdc1966[/bold] wrote: The police say don't drive down flooded roads I pay my road tax so I will drive down them or will I get a rebate on my road tax. If I am late for work I don't get paid the houses have insurance and will get paid is it my problem they bought a house next to a river in a flood plane!!!!!![/p][/quote]Not necessary to show your contempt of others on here is it really ? With any luck you and your road fund licence will find yourselves drifting down the Thames shortly.[/p][/quote]Somebody said it's an offence to drive past the 'road closed' signs. If so, can we presume that if people take photos of the offenders doing so, they'll be issued with a fine? docs
  • Score: 1

7:33pm Sun 9 Feb 14

sdc1966 says...

A right of way is a right of way the only way you can be stopped using it is by a court order and my vehicle can drive through 4 foot of water before it even reaches the doors. I wont be late for for work tomorrow.
A right of way is a right of way the only way you can be stopped using it is by a court order and my vehicle can drive through 4 foot of water before it even reaches the doors. I wont be late for for work tomorrow. sdc1966
  • Score: -15

9:12pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Vernon Spools says...

Road Tax was scrapped years ago!
Road Tax was scrapped years ago! Vernon Spools
  • Score: 6

2:15am Mon 10 Feb 14

Severian says...

Why is everyone making such a fuss - according to the BBC in every news bulletin every few minutes, the only place affected by flooding is the Somerset Levels.
Why is everyone making such a fuss - according to the BBC in every news bulletin every few minutes, the only place affected by flooding is the Somerset Levels. Severian
  • Score: 0

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