Blog: Oxfordshire flooding

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6:39am

A new day, a new blog on the flooding.

For updates throughout the day, check Tuesday's flooding blog.

6:25am

Trains running between Oxford and Didcot are being delayed by up to 15 minutes this morning due to speed restrictions imposed as a result of flood water on the tracks between Hinksey and Kennington.

6:22am

Due to road closures caused by flooding, the following alterations will apply to Oxford Bus Company services today:

Routes X3 and X13 will be diverted via Iffley Road due to the closure of Abingdon Road. 

Route 35 cannot serve Lower Kennington, Redbridge and Abingdon Road and will run via Bagley Wood Road and Iffley Road.

Route 300 will run from Redbridge park-and-ride to the city centre via Iffley Road.

Route 400 will only operate between Thornhill park-and-ride and Oxford railway station, because of the closure of Seacourt park-and-ride at Botley by flooding.

Due to flooding and roadworks in Evans Road, Kidlington, buses on route 2 will run via Oxford Road direct to Oatlands and via the Moors, High Street and Oxford Road en route to Oxford. Stagecoach route 2A services will be diverted via the A4260 Oxford Road/Banbury Road.

As a result of the diversions, journey times wil be extended.

11:16pm

A temporary flood barrier has been put in place by Environment Agency staff at Hinksey Lake, in South Oxford, to prevent flooding of homes in Vicarage Lane and Lake Street.

10:06pm

Sandbags for Abingdon residents whose homes are in immediate danger of flooding can be collected from the Cattle Market car park, next to Vale of White Horse District Council's headquarters at Abbey House, and from the car park at the B&Q store in Nuffield Way.

The council has closed the Rye Farm car park in Abingdon due to flooding and says drivers should also avoid using the Hales Meadow car park on the opposite side of Bridge Street.

9:53pm

Rodney Rose, pictured, the deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, has asked drivers to exercise caution on flooded roads.

He said: "We would advise motorists to take extra care on the roads and, if in any doubt, not to drive through flood water.

Bicester Advertiser: Rodney Rose

"We give advice of this nature not just with the safety of motorists in mind. It is also a question of not creating bow waves that cause problems for nearby properties."

He added that the council's staff had been working hard since before Christmas dealing with the effects of the recent weather conditions across Oxfordshire.

9:43pm

A flood warning has just been issued for the River Thames at Culham.

9:38pm

Witney Town Council says that it has received reports from members of the public about some of the footpaths around Witney Lake being under several inches of water. The council is advising people to choose alternative routes until the flooding ends.

9:23pm

Due to the closure of Abingdon Road in Oxford because of flooding, Stagecoach buses on routes 16, 31 and 34 are diverted to run via Iffley Road but are still serving the usual stops in St Aldate's.

8:23pm

Oxford Bus Company has said all routes are still operating and will continue to do so as long as it is possible but Abingdon Road stops cannot be served. 

Because of the closure of the Abingdon Road and Donnington Bridge Road, the Oxford Bus Company is diverting X13/X3/35 and 400 services via Oxford High St, Iffley Road, and the Eastern/Southern Bypass. 

In addition, due to flooding near Egrove Park, city35 will operate via Heyford Hill and won't be able to service Egrove Park in either direction.

8:02pm

8:00pm

There are ten flood warnings in place across Oxfordshire tonight:

  • River Thames and tributaries at Kennington near 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 in Abingdon

• Thames and tributaries in the Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford

• River 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 Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Lower Bampton area and Chimney Area

• River Thames from Henley down to Medmenham, including Remenham and Mill End

• River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas.

7:36pm

This car was almost submerged in floodwater off Ferry Hinksey Road in Oxford

Bicester Advertiser:

6:57pm

Tony Jenkinson from the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road, Oxford, says they've just had more sandbags delivered 

6:56pm

Flood warning issued for River Thames at Kennington. Environment Agency says: "We are expecting to see some flooding of properties close to the Thames at Kennington, and watercourses backing up due to the high water levels on the Thames.

"Levels are likely to continue to rise overnight and through tomorrow. The weather forecast is more heavy showers are expected overnight and through Tuesday."

6:53pm

6:51pm

Tony Jenkinson, landlord of the Duke of Monmouth pub, said they are all out of sandbags.

He said: "We had about 200 delivered yesterday but we only had about three left this morning.

"One guy had walked here from Botley to get them. We have had an awful lot of people ringing up about them.

"We're hoping we can get some more delivered tonight and any updates will be posted on the Duke of Monmouth Oxford Facebook page."

6:49pm

Anyone concerned about flooding can call the county council on 0808 168 5082.

After 10pm, if you are concerned about a vulnerable person with a social care need with an issue that cannot wait until normal office hours call the emergency duty team on 0800 833 408.

6:39pm

Fancy a seat? This was the scene at the Rose Revied pub at Newbridge, near Standlake, where the River Windrush meets the Thames, this afternoon. 

 

Bicester Advertiser:

6:37pm

Abingdon Road will close at 7pm tonight from the junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road. This includes Weirs Lane. 

6:26pm

The A361 is affected by flooding in Fulbrook, near Burford, at the junction with Beech Grove.

6:25pm

Trains are being delayed between Radley and Oxford due to flood water on the tracks at Hinksey. Services are limited to 20mph through the area.

6:12pm

Oxfordshire County Council says Abingdon Road, Oxford, will close at 7pm 

5:20pm

This tractor became stuck in a field near Cote, in West Oxfordshire

 

Bicester Advertiser:

5:19pm

The county council has confirmed the Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge is closed

 

5:16pm

Floods around Tadpole Bridge, between Bampton and Buckland

Bicester Advertiser:

4:54pm

Peter Davis sent in this picture of Abingdon Road, Oxford 

Bicester Advertiser:

4:33pm

The Kennington Flood Barrier is to be erected, officials have confirmed. The news was revealed late this afternoon by the Vale of White Horse District Council.

4:18pm

The scene in Abingdon Road, Oxford

Bicester Advertiser:

3:18pm

This impressive picture of the allotments in Botley Road, Oxford, was taken by Lee Ingram www.airexperiences.co.uk 

Bicester Advertiser:

3:17pm

A flood warning for the River Thames in Abingdon has been issued by the Environment Agency. 

A warning means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken.

The agency is expecting flooding of properties close to the Thames in the Abingdon area later this evening and the levels are similar to what was seen in January 2003. Levels are anticipated to rise through today.

3:15pm

The scene in Bullstake Close, Oxford

Bicester Advertiser:

3:12pm

Binsey Lane in Oxford is closed due to flooding

3:10pm

The Environment Agency says it expects river levels to continue to rise for two days.

Spokeswoman Narinder Sokhi said: “River levels are high throughout Oxfordshire and we expect that they will continue to rise.

“There is a risk of flooding and we urge people to listen out for our flood alerts and warnings and take the necessary action.”

2:35pm

Oxfordshire County Council says Abingdon Road will close soon because of flooding

2:33pm

From the Environment Agency: The River Thames has been rising steadily over the last couple of days, we are expecting to see some flooding of properties close to the Thames in the Abingdon area later this evening.

The levels are likely to be similar to what we saw in January 2003. Levels are likely to continue to rise through today.

The weather forecast is to expect showers to spread across the area through the afternoon, some of these will be heavy. More heavy showers are expected overnight and through Tuesday.

1:39pm

The county council says Ferry Hinksey Road is now closed along with the A34 to South Hinksey village

1:24pm

Politicans are starting to debate the significance of the flooding already.

"We can expect more extreme weather events in the future as climate change worsens." said city Green group leader Craig Simmons.

"The city council needs to strengthen its climate change adaptation plan and work with the other districts and county to devise a comprehensive area-wide response.

"At the same time, the local authorities need to reduce carbon emissions - responsible for climate change - by putting the environment at the core of policy making alongside social goals.

"At the moment, the city and county councils are talking the talk but not walking the walk."

1:19pm

An updated flood warning has been issued for the Binsey and Osney Island area of the city.

The Environment Agency statement says: "The River Thames has been rising steadily this morning.

"We are expecting to see some flooding of properties close to the river in the Binsey and Osney area Island areas.

"The levels are likely to be similar to what we saw in November 2012.

"Levels are likely to continue to rise through today.

"The weather forecast is to expect showers to spread across the area later this morning and through the afternoon. Some of these will be heavy.

"More heavy showers are expected overnight and through Tuesday."

1:07pm

St Lawrence Road in South Hinksey has also been affected

 

Bicester Advertiser:

1:05pm

More images of the flooding on Manor Road in Hinksey today.

 

Bicester Advertiser:

 

 

Bicester Advertiser:

1:05pm

Residents on Doyley Road in the Osney area of the city have been warned flooding could affect properties. One resident told us he had today received a personal warning from the Environment Agency to be prepared.

1:00pm

The situation on Manor Road in Hinksey this lunchtime shows the scale of the flooding in some areas.

Bicester Advertiser:

12:58pm

Residents in Manor Road, South Hinksey, protect their home with sandbags

Bicester Advertiser:

12:43pm

Oxfordshire County Council has handed out more than 1,000 sandbags.

11:59am

Crawley village 

Bicester Advertiser:

11:57am

The latest roads shut off by flooding:
• Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
• London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood due to flooding
• Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael closed due to flooding
• B478 at Playhatch
• A417 at Challow, by Mellors Garage, due to flooding
• Road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
• Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)
• Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)
• Link road from A34 to South Hinksey village


Flood signs have been installed at:
• Main Street - Clanfield
• Bloxham Rd – Banbury
• B4035  - Broughton Lane
• A361 at Fulbrook
• Merton to Islip road at Charlton-on-Otmoor

Oxford City Council has also shut off Seacourt Park and Ride due to flooding.

11:54am

Abingdon Mayor Sam Bowring has said people should watch river levels in the town carefully.

Abingdon Town Council staff are currently assessing the flood risk from the Ock and Thames in the town.

Cllr Bowring, whose Turberville Close house was flooded in 2007, said: “At the moment there is no imminent danger to property, but we need to watch the river levels carefully.”

The town council has received a number of requests for sandbags from residents.

But Cllr Bowring said: “If people would like to get sandbags, we would ask them to try and get hold of them themselves, so the council can focus on helping the elderly and those in care homes.”

She directed people to the Environment Agency website environment-agency.gov.uk

11:51am

 

Crawley Road area of Witney

Bicester Advertiser:

11:48am

St Lawrence Road in South Hinksey

Bicester Advertiser:

11:41am

Carol and Paul sent in this picture of their makeshift "gang plank" in Abingdon 

Bicester Advertiser:

11:37am

Tom Noone took this shot of flooding at the River Ock in West Abingdon

Bicester Advertiser:

11:35am

Nik Torrens sent in this picture from North Hinksey

Bicester Advertiser:

11:26am

Another picture of the floods in Ferry Hinksey Road this morning

Bicester Advertiser:

11:22am

Drivers in Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford, this morning

Bicester Advertiser:

11:22am

In Witney, there is flood water this morning behind houses in Crawley Road. Residents speaking to the Mail in the area say the situation could be worse, but some are worried. One home-owner said the bricks at the front of her house were soaked through because of the rain.

11:20am

The Met Office is saying the weather will not be too fierce today in Oxfordshire.

Met Office officials Dan Williams said:  “There are no weather warnings out for Oxford at the moment today. It is fair to say it will be windy but not too bad. It is already a bit gusty so expect winds of 30-40mph through today, but those should start to ease as we get into tomorrow.

"There are quite a few showers across the country today which could be quite heavy at times, but also some nice dry spells between them.

“Tomorrow we have a similar day, with some showers and some dry and bright spells, but the showers will be fewer and farther between.

"It should be a dryer day over all, with winds easing as well.

“On Wednesday it will be a bit dryer again, becoming more settled. There could be some rain overnight going into Thursday.

“On Thursday it looks again more settled and also on Friday.
“Overall things should improve as we go through the week."

10:22am

Osney Court floods. 

Bicester Advertiser:

10:21am

Oxford City Council has now delivered sandbags to the Redbridge and Seacourt Park and Ride sites and they are also available to collect at the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road and at a farm opposite South Hinksey Village Hall.
 

10:18am

So far 150 sandbags have been handed out to properties in Abingdon Road and South Hinksey and around 350 at Bullstake Close. 

Seacourt Park and Ride is currently closed to motorists due to flooding.

9:51am

Cherwell District Council has said there are currently 80 parking bays at Spiceball Park Road and 17 bays in Spiceball North closed due to flood water.

8:57am

The following roads are closed because of flooding: 

  • Islip - Lower Road and Mill Road closed because of flooding. The route through the village is now via Kings Head Lane, which is under traffic signal control
  • London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood due to flooding
  • Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael closed due to flooding
  • B478 at Playhatch
  • A417 at Challow, by Mellors Garage, due to flooding
  • Road to Woodeaton Village from B4027 to Elsfield/ Marston Junction
  • Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham (High Street)
  • Wytham to Wolvercote road (under the A34 bridge)

8:11am

Across West Oxfordshire sandbags are available at the following centres:

• Ascott-under-Wychwood: Car park next to village hall, Shipton Road 
• Burford: The Recreation Car Park, Tanners Lane 
• Charlbury: Charlbury Bowls Club, Ticknell Piece Road
• Chipping Norton: District Council Depot, Greystones, A361
• Clanfield: Car park next to the Carter Institute, Main Road
• Milton-under-Wychwood: Car park next to M-U-W village hall, Shipton Road
• Northmoor: Village Hall, Church Road
• Shipton-under-Wychwood: The New Beaconsfield Hall and Recreation Ground, Station Road Standlake: St Giles Church, Downs Road
• Woodstock: West Oxfordshire District Council Depot, Union Street

8:10am

Bethan Morgan, the county council's emergency planning officer, said: "The main advice at the moment is for anyone in the affected areas should monitor the Environment Agency website and to take steps now to protect property.

“There is potential for flooding to cause power outages. To prepare for this we recommend that people visit 365alive for fire safety messages.

“Finally, if you see warning signs either on the road or towpaths please take notice. They are there for a reason.”
 

8:09am

Maggie Harnew sent in this picture of the River Thames at Nag's Head Island, Abingdon. 

Bicester Advertiser:

8:03am

Sand and bags have been deployed at Redbridge Park and Ride (Abingdon Road) and Seacourt Park and Ride (Botley Road) for use by residents and businesses at potential risk of property flooding.

Sandbag pallets have also been delivered to the Duke of Monmouth public house on Abingdon Road and South Hinksey Village (farm opposite the village hall).

8:02am

Oxford City Council officers have put up the flood barrier at Bulstake Close as a precaution.

A flood barrier has also been erected at Osney Island. Oxford City Council currently have staff monitoring areas potentially at flood risk.

7:55am

The Environment Agency says the River Thames and its tributaries at New Botley, New and North Hinksey and Grandpont in Oxford are all under flood warning.

The River Windrush at Witney and Ducklington - down to and including nearby Hardwick - is another area with a flood warning in place.

Flood warnings are also in place for:

- the River Thame in the Dorchester and Overy areas

- the River Thames from Days Lock down to South Stoke, including Dorchester-on-Thames and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, North Stoke and Moulsford

- the River Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, the Lower Bampton area and the Chimney area

- the River Thames from Henley down to Medmenham, including Remenham and Mill End

- the River Thames from Shiplake to Bolney Court near Henley, including Lower Shiplake and Wargrave.

7:54am

Oxford City Council officials are at the scene of flooding on Ferry Hinksey Road this morning near the Oatlands Recreation Ground. Bicester Advertiser:

7:51am

OXFORDSHIRE has been warned today to remain prepared for more flooding.

With more rain set to fall today, a series of flood warnings are in place for the county, including one for Oxford, where several sites are waterlogged this morning.

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8:48am Mon 6 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015!
Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015! Myron Blatz

9:40am Mon 6 Jan 14

dave from witney says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015!
And so ends this morning's party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015![/p][/quote]And so ends this morning's party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party. dave from witney

9:49am Mon 6 Jan 14

margaretf says...

The flooding information for Oxford and neighbouring areas seems very helpful.BUT where is the relevant news for other parts of the County?I live some 5 miles from Banbury. Who is responsible for the roads I use and why is there no bulletin? This does not of course belittle the helpful work I refer to above but it seems we do not matter in the outer areas and it is most unsettling.
Perhaps the local authorities will respond??
Perhaps.
MFerriman
The flooding information for Oxford and neighbouring areas seems very helpful.BUT where is the relevant news for other parts of the County?I live some 5 miles from Banbury. Who is responsible for the roads I use and why is there no bulletin? This does not of course belittle the helpful work I refer to above but it seems we do not matter in the outer areas and it is most unsettling. Perhaps the local authorities will respond?? Perhaps. MFerriman margaretf

11:44am Mon 6 Jan 14

EMBOX2 says...

M Ferriman - assuming you live in Oxfordshire, then Oxfordshire County Council are responsible for the roads.

If you know a road is flooded and dangerous, then by all means report it to the county council and local media (news/radio). At times like these, it is everyone's duty to look out for one another and report anything that may be dangerous.
M Ferriman - assuming you live in Oxfordshire, then Oxfordshire County Council are responsible for the roads. If you know a road is flooded and dangerous, then by all means report it to the county council and local media (news/radio). At times like these, it is everyone's duty to look out for one another and report anything that may be dangerous. EMBOX2

4:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall! yabbadabbadoo256

4:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Nice to see the drivers on the Abingdon Road slowing down to avoid causing more grief, not !
Nice to see the drivers on the Abingdon Road slowing down to avoid causing more grief, not ! Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

7:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!!
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall![/p][/quote]Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!! cuckoo

8:31pm Mon 6 Jan 14

nat-obz says...

cuckoo wrote:
yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!!
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[quote][p][bold]cuckoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall![/p][/quote]Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!![/p][/quote]http://www.telegraph .co.uk/topics/weathe r/article10551766.ec e#ooid=1tcnBqajoeLtk nek3zus6hB-RkkAi-a- nat-obz

8:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Saffron C says...

Over the last few days the toilet has been backed up and today Thames Water have told us there is nothing they can do. We have been left without a toilet or washing facilities. We haven't even been told what we can do with our waste. At 8.50 I am having my first cup of coffee since leaving work at 5pm because there are no toilet facilities. Surely they could put portakabins in the area?
Over the last few days the toilet has been backed up and today Thames Water have told us there is nothing they can do. We have been left without a toilet or washing facilities. We haven't even been told what we can do with our waste. At 8.50 I am having my first cup of coffee since leaving work at 5pm because there are no toilet facilities. Surely they could put portakabins in the area? Saffron C

10:09am Tue 7 Jan 14

stegi100 says...

There is a correctly a shift in spending on flooding from inefficient over expensive EA "gold plated" schemes to more effective local flood protection measures. The responsibility is on local communities or householders to come together and obtain independent professional help.

I run a specialist civil engineering consultancy in Abingdon and have undertaken many flood risk assessments and mitigation works, from protecting single houses to the radar for Gatwick airport (which didn't flood).

The cost of such help is minimal against typical insurance claims, damage or disruption.

I have worked with numerous villages in Oxfordshire to design and obtain funding for various small but locally important flood mitigation works, outside the EA funded scheme budgets.

My advice to those in South Hinksey and similar, take ownership and obtain independent professional help yourselves, don't just rely or expect the state to help.

For those that are concerned that they may be flooded or have been flooded and want to mitigate against it happening again there is nothing stopping them getting professional flood risk assessments done to better understand the risk. Google - Flood risk advice Oxfordshire

Assume next year the flooding will be worse.
There is a correctly a shift in spending on flooding from inefficient over expensive EA "gold plated" schemes to more effective local flood protection measures. The responsibility is on local communities or householders to come together and obtain independent professional help. I run a specialist civil engineering consultancy in Abingdon and have undertaken many flood risk assessments and mitigation works, from protecting single houses to the radar for Gatwick airport (which didn't flood). The cost of such help is minimal against typical insurance claims, damage or disruption. I have worked with numerous villages in Oxfordshire to design and obtain funding for various small but locally important flood mitigation works, outside the EA funded scheme budgets. My advice to those in South Hinksey and similar, take ownership and obtain independent professional help yourselves, don't just rely or expect the state to help. For those that are concerned that they may be flooded or have been flooded and want to mitigate against it happening again there is nothing stopping them getting professional flood risk assessments done to better understand the risk. Google - Flood risk advice Oxfordshire Assume next year the flooding will be worse. stegi100

12:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

King Joke says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
I wouldn't make any difference - the channel of the Thames cannot handle the current volume of water, so it wouldn't get to London and the North Sea any quicker.

BTW the Thames Barrier is to stop storm surges coming inland from the North Sea, and can do nothing to stop floods upstream. It will be down unless a storm surge is imminent.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall![/p][/quote]I wouldn't make any difference - the channel of the Thames cannot handle the current volume of water, so it wouldn't get to London and the North Sea any quicker. BTW the Thames Barrier is to stop storm surges coming inland from the North Sea, and can do nothing to stop floods upstream. It will be down unless a storm surge is imminent. King Joke

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