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Burst water main : latest from Thames Water

Thames Water have this evening released a statement following a burst water pipe in Cowley which flooded a road and a number of properties.

· Floodwater now all been pumped away into surface water sewers

· Residents who wish to access their homes can now do so

· Evacuation centre at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre being wound down. Support vehicle parked up in Normandy Crescent is now first point of call for residents. The vehicle will be on site until 7pm this evening and then will return for 8am tomorrow morning.

· Thames Water loss adjusters working with council to find alternative accommodation for residents who cannot move back into their homes. Also arranged hire cars for those whose vehicles were affected by the flooding.

· Confirmed 23 properties where residents require alternative accommodation.

· Pipe that burst is 12 to 15 feet underground. Excavation work to get to it will begin tomorrow. Team have spent this afternoon planning that activity

· No longer any water supply issues as a result of this burst

"Our priority today has been the staying in touch with affected residents and tackling the flooding. We’ve worked closely with the council to find alternative accommodation for those who need it and we’ve also provided cars in some cases too.

“We’ve spent this afternoon planning how we’ll repair the pipe, which is more than 12 feet underground, and we’ll begin digging tomorrow.

“We understand some customers will be upset and frustrated. What’s happened here is horrendous. This is our pipe, our responsibility, and we are doing all we can to put things right."

– Thames Water

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Bart's Bash sets new Guinness World Record

Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which took place on 21st September, has set the new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours).

While the Bart’s Bash technical team are still processing the data submitted by some of the 768 venues who took part, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is delighted to announce that the threshold of 2,500 boats sailing in regattas including at least 25 boats, the key criteria to meet the record, has been reached. This announcement comes after processing the results of 3,600 boats, who have sailed over 10,000,000 metres in total, which equals 18% of the data the organisation expects to receive in the coming days. “The event has proved a huge success and we are delighted to announce that, subject to ratification, we have set the new Guinness World Record. And we have done it in style with 82% of the results still to be processed,” said Richard Percy, CEO of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. “The turnout on 21st September exceeded our expectations and we are very happy that we provided a truly global opportunity for people to come together and enjoy sailing. We hope this event will become a regular feature in the global sailing calendar.” The event was a world-wide celebration of sailing attracting over 18,000 participants of all ages and abilities, taking part in 68 different countries. For many people it was their first time sailing. Races were held between 0.00 and 23.59 GMT on 21st September 2014 globally.

Emergency shelter for families affected by burst water main in Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue and emergency planning teams have been helping residents in east Oxford after a burst water main caused significant flooding.

A total of five fire and rescue service appliances attended the scene having been called shortly after 5am. Firefighters remained at the scene until mid-afternoon.

Representatives from the council’s emergency planning team remain involved in helping with the aftermath of the incident, along with Oxford City Council.

It is estimated that around 50 properties were affected, 23 have severe water damage – with others having been affected in some way, including being cut off because of flood waters outside the property.

A rest centre for residents affected by the flooding was opened during the morning at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre. At the height of the incident a total of fifty residents were at the centre, having been transported there by the county council.

Clothing and food was provided to those residents. Representatives from Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, Thames Water, the Red Cross and the Plymouth Brethren have been at the rest centre offering advice and support to residents.

Two families remain at the centre. Thames Water has been working to find overnight accommodation for those who cannot stay with relatives. This would include potential stays in hotels.

“There has been a high standard of co-operation between agencies during this incident. The response was quick and the emphasis has been on caring for residents and providing timely advice. Thames Water are promising to give every assistance to those affected, including the necessary financial help and temporary accommodation for those who need it. Thames Water has now taken on the role of managing the clean-up operation and they are working closely with Oxford City Council on this. We will assist them in any way we can.”

– Emergency Planning Officer Bethan Morgan

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Man charged in connection with Oxford rape

Thames Valley Police has today charged a 41-year-old man in connection with a rape in Headington, Oxford.

Catalin Horhota, of no fixed abode, was charged with one count of rape; one count of attempted rape; two counts of sexual assault on a female; one count of burglary dwelling and theft; and one count of exposure.

The charges are in connection with incidents in a property in Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, on Saturday, in South Park on Sunday, in Abingdon police station yesterday and a burglary in Morrell Avenue, Oxford, on Thursday.

Horhota was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today.

Flooding problems continue in Oxford after water burst

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