ROADS and train services across Oxfordshire were severely disrupted last night as flooding hit areas across the county.
Abingdon Road in Oxford became the 14th road to shut due to floodwater, closing at 7pm between the junction with old Abingdon Road through to its junction with Northampton Road.
Deputy leader of the county council Rodney Rose warned drivers: “If in any doubt, don’t drive through flood water. 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.”
Around 3,500 sandbags were handed out across the county, but there were reports last night that many places had run out. Tony Jenkinson, landlord of the Duke of Monmouth pub in Abingdon Road, Oxford, said they had another delivery at around 7pm last night after giving out all of their 200 sandbags.
Elsewhere, sandbags were dropped off at Seacourt and Redbridge Park and Rides, opposite the village hall in South Hinksey, Dog Close in Adderbury and in the centre of Dorchester.
Oxford City Council spokeswoman Louisa Dean said: “Officers can assist vulnerable people whose properties are at risk of flooding by delivering sandbags. If people are concerned they should contact us on 01865 249811 and our customer service staff will be able to help.”
floods at Port Meadow, Oxford
Roads closed include Lower Road and Mill Road, in Islip, London Lane in Ascott-under-Wychwood, Barford Road between Barford St John and Barford St Michael, the A417 at Challow, the B478 at Play Hatch, the road to Woodeaton from north-east of Oxford.
A tractor stuck in a water-logged field at Cote, West Oxfordshire
Also shut were the High Street from Clifton Hampden to Long Wittenham, Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford, the road from Wytham to Wolvercote road under the A34 bridge, the link road from A34 to South Hinksey village, Binsey Lane, Oxford, Tollgate Road at Culham Bridge, Culham, and York Road to Main Street at West Hagbourne Village.
South Hinksey village with the now-closed General Elliott pub on the left
Oxfordshire County Council’s customer service team is open until 10pm on 0808 168 5082 and after on 0800 833 408.
A sheep in front of water-logged fields at Crawley, near Witney
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