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Flood blog, Saturday, February 15 for Oxford and Oxfordshire

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More than 5,000 homes without power all day

  • More than 1,000 likely to have no power overnight
  • More than 150 trees have blown down
  • River levels are rising again today and are likely to keep doing so for days
  • Gale force winds are here again today, with heavy rain likely until 6pm

  • Comments


    DoctorBob 11:52am Sat 15 Feb 14

    Public Sector workers again going the extra mile and to think, many argue they aren't productive to the economy.

    Well done all, keep up the good work helping Oxford get back/stay on it's feet.

    Score: 5
    Assay14 1:15pm Sat 15 Feb 14

    Agreed :) Well done both to those people we see, and to those we don't (ie the co-ordinators who try to ensure that the highest priority needs are attended to)

    Score: 3
    martinlangley 12:15am Sun 16 Feb 14

    Has nobody thought of diverting the excess level of the Thames at Oxford down the Grand Union Canal?

    If this were feasible it would result in a lowering of the river level in the Thames Valley, - why can it not be done?

    The excess floodwaters would then rejoin the Thames at Brentford where they can't do any damage.

    Score: 1
    Cityview 6:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

    martinlangley wrote…


    Has nobody thought of diverting the excess level of the Thames at Oxford down the Grand Union Canal?

    If this were feasible it would result in a lowering of the river level in the Thames Valley, - why can it not be done?

    The excess floodwaters would then rejoin the Thames at Brentford where they can't do any damage.

    Can see a couple of problems with this idea:

    Cutting a 25km channel to join them up, nearest point is near Aylesbury

    The canal being designed to retain water in each section between locks, not discharge to the sea, very small if any weir capacity

    The canal cross section being less than 10% of the Thames at Oxford

    Score: 0

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