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Rainfall tonight may cause more flooding in Oxfordshire
MORE rainfall is expected tonight after flooding affected several parts of the county.
A flood alert is in place for a stretch of the Thames between several villages and hamlets in West Oxfordshire and open countryside near Wolvercote roundabout.
Today, the Environment Agency said more rainfall tonight was expected that could lead to river levels rising further still.
Several parts of the city and the wider county have been affected today, with several roads shut.
In West Challow, near Grove, the A417 is closed due to flooding at Silver Lane.
Elsewhere, the following road closures are in place:
- Ascot Under Wychwood - Shipton Road
- Islip - Lower Road
- Bicester - Mallards Way
- Barford St Michael, near Deddington - Lower Street, road closed due to flooding
- Wendlebury, south of Bicester – Main Street/Church Street, road closed due to flooding to highway
- Denchworth, near Grove - Brook Lane
- Cropredy to Wardington (under railway bridge)
A flood warning - issued when flooding is expected and householders and businesses nearby should take immediate precautions - is still in place today for a stretch along the Thames from Buscot Wick down to Shifford, including Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, the Lower Bampton area and the area around Chimney.
In Oxford, the Oatlands Road Recreation Ground is completely flooded. The water has spilt into the adjoining car park on Ferry Hinksey Road.
The allotments on Botley Road near the West Oxford Community Centre have also been partly flooded out.
The Seacourt Stream, which runs under Botley Bridge near the Seacourt Park and Ride, is also high, with some areas of surrounding land waterlogged this morning.
Water is lapping against one of the outer walls of the Richer Sounds shop.
The Thames at Osney Lock is also high this morning.
At Swinford Toll Bridge - which today does not have a toll in place, although charity donations are being accepted - passing motorists can see large stretches of open land that have flooded.
The Environment Agency says the flood alert is in place for The 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.
A statement from the Environment Agency today said: "River levels on the River Thames remain very high, but mostly stable though levels are continuing to rise very slowly in the Shifford area. The river remains responsive to further rainfall. The weather forecast is to expect a mainly dry day on Thursday but overnight and into Friday there will be futher showers, which may be heavy at times."
The weather today is set to be dry and bright, but there will be strong winds and rain in the county overnight, the Met Office says.
The rain will be heavy at times.
Tomorrow it will be wet and windy in the morning, with some heavy outbreaks of rain for a time. During the afternoon it will stay windy, with some heavy showers coming along.
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For more information on flooding in the county, visit environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
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