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Route revealed for Oxford flood scheme

More details of a project to protect hundreds of homes in Oxford from flooding will be revealed later.

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will see parts of the floodplain lowered and rivers and streams widened to create more space for floodwater.

An event is being held at the town hall today to show the route of the project.

Parts of Oxford were devastated by flooding at the beginning of 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

"We are really pleased to share the route of the scheme. The feedback from people in Oxford has helped shape this. We wanted to show this information in a visual way and to do something different.

"We hope the public find the event today informative and take the opportunity to speak to us about it."

– Joanna Larmour, Project Director for the Environment Agency

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Flood warning for West Sussex

People in West Sussex are being warned of heavy thunderyrain overnight tonight.

The county council is advising people to be prepared for localised flooding as well as frequent lightning.

Travel is likely to be disrupted with journey times expected to increase due to the intense weather.

The amber weather warning from the Met Office advises that torrential rain should be expected, with a chance of hail.

30mm or more of rain could fall in an hour with rainfall in excess of 50mm possible in two to three hours.

The weather is expected to improve on Thursday.

Environment Agency warns of potential flooding in South East overnight

People in South East advised to check their local flood risk with Environment Agency

People living across the South East are being warned about possible flooding tonight because of predictions of thunder storms across Kent and Sussex. Heavy rain is predicted to fall overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. The Met Office has warned of the potential of localised flooding in areas in the south east of England, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The Environment Agency will have an incident room open. The organisation also has teams out working on the ground.

“Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain at times across the south east overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning, which may lead to surface water flooding in some communities, and significant disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. There is also a risk of flooding from smaller, faster responding rivers in built-up areas.

‘’People are advised to check their flood risk at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Also, people should stay safe by not going near or trying to drive through fast moving water. Just 30cm of floodwater is enough to move a car.’’

– Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Manager
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