A close squeak

River levels upstream and in Oxford peaked overnight and, weather permitting, should now slowly but steadily continue to fall. The weather forecast, while not wall-to-wall sunshine, looks reasonably encouraging.

In the event no properties were flooded and no temporary barriers were deployed this time, though it came very close to it.

Thank you to all the many people from the Environment Agency who have monitored things closely, and made preparations to deploy defences should the need arise.

Oxford today

River levels in Oxford today have not risen as far as had been predicted. So good news so far. The EA is watching things closely for the whole area.

In the case of South Hinksey, the barriers which were delivered there this morning are to be kept in reserve for now. Barriers for other areas remain in reserve at Osney.

Barrier deployment

Temporary flood barriers will be moved from Osney to South Hinksey tomorrow, in readiness for possible deployment by the Environment Agency tomorrow or Wednesday – if conditions require. The situation following the recent rains is being closely monitored and analysed – what happens will depend on these assessments. Similar vigilance applies to the deployment of barriers for Osney Island and at Hinksey Park on the Abingdon Road: barriers for both these areas are ready at Osney if needs be. These latter areas have had temporary barriers before, whereas for South Hinksey, if it happens, it will be a first, following making the village ‘barrier-ready’. Temporary barriers are supported by high volume pumps to deal with any water leaking through the barrier or arriving within the barrier as rising groundwater.