Rivers and streams throughout Oxfordshire and the rest of the country are running high after a very wet Autumn and early Winter. When there is a risk of flooding the Environment Agency issues flood alerts and flood warnings. The latter is more serious than the former.
Levels on individual rivers, streams and brooks in Oxfordshire can be monitored via the Environment Agency’s website. Type in the name of a watercourse or a town/area and you will be able to see the water levels.
The Environment Agency issues a daily bulletin on flood risk in each part of the England and Wales. View their five day forecast.
You can find out more about flooding and how to prepare and deal with it in the Oxfordshire Flood Toolkit.
How you can help and stay safe
- Look after yourself and others in flooded areas. Slow down on roads that have been affected by flooding - bow-waves caused by driving too fast can affect people's homes and damage your own vehicle
- River paths and canal towpaths may be closed or partially flooded so take care
- Check on elderly or vulnerable family members to ensure they are safe and well
- Sign up for the Environment Agency's Flood Alerts, especially if you live in an area you know to be at risk of flood
- Read about the Met Office's "Weather Ready" campaign
We do not provide sandbags. Sandbags and sand can be purchased from builders' merchants. For sandbags to provide their full benefit, it is vital they are used correctly: