A flooding update

A further flooding update this evening with a bit of good news.

Oxford’s Abingdon Road has now reopened.

However, it will remain closed from Old Abingdon Road to Weirs Lane so fire crews can continue to pump water away. Signed diversions will be in place.

The High Street bus gate, which was temporarily opened, is now back in operation.

Most of the roads closed in Henley due to the flooding have now reopened, including both sides of Thames Side, Riverside, and New Street. There remains a closure at Sonning Bridge and at Playhatch (B478).

Other highways are being monitored regularly and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Both Redbridge and Seacourt Park and Rides are still impacted by flooding. The Oxford Parkway, Thornhill and Pear Tree are operating and people are encouraged to use these sites.

While we have 21 flood warnings and 29 flood alerts in the county, the forecast over the next few days remains dry, with the possibility of snowy showers, so we expect the water to continue to slowly recede. As before, this will take time.A reminder that people can their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation from the Environment Agency at gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding. You are advised to direct residents to this website and to X @EnvAgencySE for timely updates as well as the Met Office for weather warnings and advice. Residents can call the Environment Agency’s flooding hotline for advice and support at any time, seven days a week, on 0345 988 1188. Our news webpage also contains helpful information and signposting and is being updated regularly.

Martin Reeves
Chief Executive
Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND