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2020
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Vigilance on Oxfordshire's rivers in Storm Dennis aftermath

Last updated: Monday, February 24 at 13:45

Storm Dennis brought high winds and rain to the country and the days following have led to flooding and other highways issues. The River Thames and some of the smaller rivers and streams that feed in to it remain high. 

Issues relating specifically to flooding

The Environment Agency issues flood alerts and flood warnings when river levels rise. Flood warnings are the more serious of these. Detail on these different levels of alert/warning can be found here 

The current situation in Oxfordshire can be found here . 

The last of Oxfordshire's flood warnings was removed on the morning of Monday, February 24. However several flood alerts remain in place. 

If you are affected by a flooding situation go to this page on the Oxfordshire Flood Toolkit.

Highways issues/roads closed

During Storm Dennis our highways teams responded to more than 60 weather related incidents and have dealt with more than 100 incidents in total.

The large majority of these incidents involved removing trees or large branches that had fallen partially or entirely blocked roads. In some cases trees were leaning and pre-emptive action was taken.

 If you encounter a "Road Closed" sign please take an alternative route. 

Here is the current list roads that we have had to close completely or partially due to flooding.

Location

Status

B4016 Blewbury Road, Didcot

Closed

Grove Road, Harwell

Closed

B4445, Chinnor

Closed

Islip - Lower Street

Closed

East Hanney to Denchworth - Botany Bridge

Closed

Woodeaton Road

Closed

Great Brook Road between Buckland Road and Chimney

Closed

Be healthy, safe and prepared

Oxfordshire County Council has also provided its own advice on staying healthy, safe and prepared throughout Winter with input from its road safety experts, firefighters and public health and social care teams.

High winds, power cuts and fallen trees

Fallen trees can be reported via 101. Any that are endangering safety or life should be reported via 999.

Power cuts can be reported on 105.

Follow us on Twitter @OxfordshireCC , @oxontravel and @OxonFireRescue

Schools

Schools are asked to notify Oxfordshire County Council if they have to close for any reason including anything related to poor weather. School closures are updated by schools here