Published: Monday, 1 February 2021

Following heavy rain, water levels continue to rise across Oxford and are expected to do so for the next 24 hours.

There are currently five flood warnings (flooding is expected – immediate action required) and four flood alerts (flooding is possible – be prepared) for the Oxford area. For the latest information visit the Flood Information Service

The forecast is largely dry today, however further rain forecast overnight and into tomorrow (2/2/21). We expect river levels to remain high over the coming days and Oxford Direct Services (ODS) is continuing to closely monitor the situation, working closely with the Environment Agency (EA) which is managing the water flow through the network.

ODS on behalf of Oxford City Council, has deployed the temporary flood barrier and pumps at Bulstake Close and sand bags and pumps in other key areas where needed. Officers from ODS are out and about across Oxford to closely monitor the situation and are prepared to move quickly to take further action if needed.

Ferry Hinksey Road is flooded, although it is passable with care. We are installing a pump to clear the water from the roadway. We are aware of flooding in the Wytham Street area which is being closely monitored and action will be taken as necessary.

ODS will distribute sandbags to those properties of concern as part of our strategic flood prevention activity. For any customer that is vulnerable or elderly and concerned about their property, we would encourage you to contact us by phoning 01865 249811 and selecting option 1.

Footpaths along the city’s waterways are flooded and dangerous, with the edge of paths completely obscured, cross currents and strong flow rates. The city has previously had fatal incidents as a result of people trying to use flooded towpaths. People should never enter floodwater, and towpaths alongside the canal and rivers should currently be avoided. Please find an alternative route. ODS has installed signs across Oxford’s towpaths to warn people of the danger, and will continue to check on the signs and barriers across the city’s towpaths today to make sure they remain in place.

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