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Flood blog: Sunday February 9 for Oxfordshire

Last updated:

    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

Comments


Sandy Wimpole-Smythe 10:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

Score: 7
jm_white 11:16am Sun 9 Feb 14

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

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eleanor.young123 11:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

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

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Assay14 11:56am Sun 9 Feb 14

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

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shippondame 12:45pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

Score: 6
rfr 2:06pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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/

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bicesterlady 2:11pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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

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James9000 2:41pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

Score: 3
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe 3:01pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

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OxonResident 3:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

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cuckoo 4:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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!

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jm_white 4:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Tesco in Abingdon opened at about 12.30. Half of car park is still flooded.

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Muckaway 5:55pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

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Muckaway 5:58pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Richer Sounds have flooded and now have vast stocks of water music to shift.

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sdc1966 6:43pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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!!!!!!

Score: -15
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe 6:50pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

Score: 13
docs 7:24pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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?

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sdc1966 7:33pm Sun 9 Feb 14

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.

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Vernon Spools 9:12pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Road Tax was scrapped years ago!

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Severian 2:15am Mon 10 Feb 14

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.

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