A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.
Flood Alert in force: River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford area.
Flooding is possible for: River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho.
Property flooding is not currently expected. River levels are rising on the River Thames as a result of heavy rainfall. Therefore, flooding of low lying land and roads is expected this evening 08/02/24, especially in the New Botley area of Oxford. The forecast is for persistent heavy rainfall this evening followed by scattered showers overnight into tomorrow, 09/02/24. We expect river levels to rise further in response to forecast rainfall. Our staff are operating weirs to reduce flood risk. Avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. Go to the 'River and Sea levels in England' webpage for current river levels. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 09/02/24, or as the situation changes.
To check the latest information for your area:
- Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast.
- Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 171176.
- Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.
- Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.
What you should consider doing now:
- Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.
- Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.
- Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.
- Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.
- Businesses should inform staff and customers about the situation.
- Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.
- In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.
- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.
- Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it.