Sixteen rivers on flood alert

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SIXTEEN  rivers and streams in Oxfordshire are on Flood Alert this morning.

Flood Alerts means flooding is possible and it comes following the thaw of the recent snowfall and the weekend rain.

In addition to the rivers and brooks on Flood Alert, there is an alert about possible groundwater flooding around Chilton and West Hagbourne.

There are no Flood Warnings in Oxfordshire this morning.

The current Flood Alerts include: The River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle

The River Thames for Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave

The River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley

River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton

River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho

River Thames for the Abingdon area, including areas between Abingdon down to and including Little Wittenham River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon including, Stanford in the Vale, Charney Bassett, Lyford and Garford, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.

River Cherwell and its tributaries from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford including Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Kings Sutton, Hook Norton

River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake.

River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington including, Kingham, Bledington, Milton under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Ascott under Wychwood, Charlbury, Fawler and Long Hanborough and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.

Langford and Wendlebury Brooks and their tributaries from Stratton Audley down to the M40 near Merton, including Bicester and Wendlebury

River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including, Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.

Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village and the Shill Brook for Bampton Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay Areas at risk of groundwater flooding in West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Compton, Chilton and West Hagbourne

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9:19am Mon 28 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

Nobody seems to realise that the thames is a major river, fed by an assortment of minor rivers and streams which can, do and always have led to flooding - which is why only fools built in water meadows and on flood plains, though unscupulous land owners and opporunist builders and developers have always tried to sell 'exclusive rivers views' to punters, and cheap land to commercial developments. So why is it that local planning authorities across the historically flood-prone Thames Valley and Oxford Clay Plain have consistently failed to responsibly control development? As for where flooding regularly happens, perhaps it's time to start taking local authorities to Court over failure to identify and implement flood prevention. Nothing gets local authorities doing something instead of saying they have insufficient funds, thwn either exposure in the Press, or legal action from large groups of people.
Nobody seems to realise that the thames is a major river, fed by an assortment of minor rivers and streams which can, do and always have led to flooding - which is why only fools built in water meadows and on flood plains, though unscupulous land owners and opporunist builders and developers have always tried to sell 'exclusive rivers views' to punters, and cheap land to commercial developments. So why is it that local planning authorities across the historically flood-prone Thames Valley and Oxford Clay Plain have consistently failed to responsibly control development? As for where flooding regularly happens, perhaps it's time to start taking local authorities to Court over failure to identify and implement flood prevention. Nothing gets local authorities doing something instead of saying they have insufficient funds, thwn either exposure in the Press, or legal action from large groups of people. Myron Blatz
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3:58pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Just look at the Times History of London. When London was first settled The Thames was half a mile wide in places where it is now a hundred yards, The River Fleet has been filled in, and this land grabbing has continued all the way up The Thames Valley. My old nan used to say "you can't get a quart into a pint pot" and all we are seeing now is the spillage from the above saying. And in reply to your last point, The Australians have stated that they can sort out the flooding in Oxford, but it would cost too much money, and as they are half the way around the world, and can still charge us the same water rates whether they sort the problem or not, they are not going to bother. It must be time to re-nationalise our most precious commodity.
Just look at the Times History of London. When London was first settled The Thames was half a mile wide in places where it is now a hundred yards, The River Fleet has been filled in, and this land grabbing has continued all the way up The Thames Valley. My old nan used to say "you can't get a quart into a pint pot" and all we are seeing now is the spillage from the above saying. And in reply to your last point, The Australians have stated that they can sort out the flooding in Oxford, but it would cost too much money, and as they are half the way around the world, and can still charge us the same water rates whether they sort the problem or not, they are not going to bother. It must be time to re-nationalise our most precious commodity. Grunden Skip
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6:42pm Mon 28 Jan 13

saddletramp says...

"The thames was half a mile wide"
Really,can you show me evidence of this?
"The thames was half a mile wide" Really,can you show me evidence of this? saddletramp
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6:46pm Mon 28 Jan 13

saddletramp says...

P.S. My son lives in Brisbane,he is living in the 2nd floor of his house at the moment.
I think the aussies should sort out there own probs before they sort out ours!
P.S. My son lives in Brisbane,he is living in the 2nd floor of his house at the moment. I think the aussies should sort out there own probs before they sort out ours! saddletramp
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8:11am Tue 29 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

Hey, Saddletramp, read your history - including when what became the UK was once joined to Continental Europe by land, not the EU! Then came the rising of sea levels (long factories, cars and modern ideas about global warming) and we became an island - ironically, of course, surrounded by water! As for how stupid it is to build anywhere near water? Apparently, you only have to look at the fiasco of City Council building and rebuilding Temple Cowley Swimming Pool on known springs, underground water courses and boggy lands - supposedly one of the reasons why further redevelopment on that site (despite modern, expensive ways to address such issues) would be pointless. Same goes for City Council wanting to close Its Cowley Marsh Streetscene Depot, and replace with houses - a sure recipe for future problems and possible disaster, if one were to happen, even if City offloaded liability and gave the land to a 'preferred' property develope.
Hey, Saddletramp, read your history - including when what became the UK was once joined to Continental Europe by land, not the EU! Then came the rising of sea levels (long factories, cars and modern ideas about global warming) and we became an island - ironically, of course, surrounded by water! As for how stupid it is to build anywhere near water? Apparently, you only have to look at the fiasco of City Council building and rebuilding Temple Cowley Swimming Pool on known springs, underground water courses and boggy lands - supposedly one of the reasons why further redevelopment on that site (despite modern, expensive ways to address such issues) would be pointless. Same goes for City Council wanting to close Its Cowley Marsh Streetscene Depot, and replace with houses - a sure recipe for future problems and possible disaster, if one were to happen, even if City offloaded liability and gave the land to a 'preferred' property develope. Myron Blatz
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5:51pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

saddletramp wrote:
"The thames was half a mile wide"
Really,can you show me evidence of this?
Thanks Myron but we don't have to go back that far. Before The Romans set up shop in London, less than a mile West of The River Fleet, in fact where Westminster is now, the distance from the Mud Flats on the North side to the Southwark Mud Flats, was half a mile. Pop into your nearest bookshop Saddletramp and foray through the above mentioned book and you will fine the evidence of this. I hope this helps, always glad to be of service.
[quote][p][bold]saddletramp[/bold] wrote: "The thames was half a mile wide" Really,can you show me evidence of this?[/p][/quote]Thanks Myron but we don't have to go back that far. Before The Romans set up shop in London, less than a mile West of The River Fleet, in fact where Westminster is now, the distance from the Mud Flats on the North side to the Southwark Mud Flats, was half a mile. Pop into your nearest bookshop Saddletramp and foray through the above mentioned book and you will fine the evidence of this. I hope this helps, always glad to be of service. Grunden Skip
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5:53pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

saddletramp wrote:
P.S. My son lives in Brisbane,he is living in the 2nd floor of his house at the moment.
I think the aussies should sort out there own probs before they sort out ours!
Oh you obviously do not realise that they own our water, and you are paying your money to them to sort it out.
[quote][p][bold]saddletramp[/bold] wrote: P.S. My son lives in Brisbane,he is living in the 2nd floor of his house at the moment. I think the aussies should sort out there own probs before they sort out ours![/p][/quote]Oh you obviously do not realise that they own our water, and you are paying your money to them to sort it out. Grunden Skip
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