Latest flood alerts across region

The latest flood alerts across the Meridian region.

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Flood alert stood down for Swindon

A flood warning for the River Cole, from A419 and A420 roads in Swindon to above Upper Inglesham, is no longer in force, the Environment Agency says.No further flooding is expected. The weather prospects for Friday should be a mostly dry day with further rainfall forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

The river levels on the River Cole in the Westmill Bridge and Inglesham areas are currently falling.

"The risk of property flooding on Friday is therefore reduced but more rainfall is expected during the day on Saturday. This could cause the River Cole to respond again."

– Environment Agency spokesman

BREAKING NEWS: Rainfall could reach 30mm in region

Up to 30mm of rainfall is expected in parts of the South East.

Rivers on flood alert were susceptible to the increased rainfall, leading to possible flooding of properties including in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Environment Agency said.

The agency is now urging those who may be at risk to "take steps to limit the damage a flood can cause - to themselves and to their property".

"Our area incident room has opened, we have mobilised teams across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.

"These teams have been working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding and will remain out in force over the coming days to remove blockages.

"We will do everything we can to warn and inform people about the risk of flooding from rivers but we cannot always prevent it, so people need to take action to prepare now."

– Ian Tomes, Environment Agency area flood risk manager

Flood alerts issued for Oxford

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho.

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

The River Thames has responded to yesterday's rainfall and spilled out into the floodplain in the Oxford area.

"Levels will continue to remain high today and there may be standing water in the floodplain. River levels are expected to rise again in response to tonights forecast rainfall.

"The weather prospects are: scattered showers are expected throughout today, and a band of persistent rain is forecast to bring further rainfall this evening and overnight.

"The outlook remains unsettled going into the weekend with further showers forecast for Saturday and Sunday."

– Environment Agency spokesman

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Flood alert for the River Cherwell

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford.

The agency warns that low lying land and roads will be affected first.

The river and flooding forecast is: the River Cherwell has responded to the rainfall which fell on Wednesday night and throughout the day and spilled out into the floodplain. River levels were expected to continue to slowly rise overnight. No property flooding is currently expected.

"The weather prospects are: further rainfall is expected on Thursday, and a band of heavy persistent showers are forecast to bring further rainfall at the weekend."

– Environment Agency spokesman

Flood alerts in Oxfordshire and Berkshire

  • River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford

  • River Thame and Chalgrove Brook

  • River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne

  • River Pang from East Ilsley to Pangbourne and Sulham Brook

  • River Kennet and its tributaries from Berwick Bassett down to Newbury

  • River Thames and tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock

  • River Cherwell from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford

  • The tributaries on the Upper River Thames above Cricklade

  • River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon and the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney

  • Clanfield Brook for Clanfield Village and Shill Brook Bampton

  • Sor Brook and The Bloxham Brook and tributaries

  • River Dikler from Condicote to Little Rissington

  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington and River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock

  • Ginge Brook

  • River Ray and Swinbourne for West Swindon area to above Water Eaton
  • River Cole and Dorcan brook
  • River ray and tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip
  • Langford and Wendlebury Brooks from Stratton Audley down to near Merton
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