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Latest Flood News from West Oxfordshire DC

Water Supplies
Thames Water confirmed that mains water has not been contaminated in flooded areas. However, if you have a private water supply and have been affected by flooding please take relevant precautions such as boiling drinking water or using bottled water. Do not use bottled water for babies though, unless it is recommended by a doctor or health visitor. Some bottled water is unsuitable for babies as it has too many salts for their immature kidneys to manage.

Several areas in the south of the District have flooded or are at risk of flooding. We are prioritising the high risk areas known to us for receiving sandbags. Please do not go direct to local quarries for sand but attend one of the official sites detailed below to pick up your sandbag.

Standlake, Northmoor and Eynsham areas
Houses in Rack End have been flooded. One hundred residents from Bablock Hythe/ Northmoor are being evacuated. Other properties in the area at risk and should sandbag their properties and prepare to evacuate if necessary. Sandbags can be picked up from the following places:

* The Green in Stanton Harcourt, opposite the shop
* Downs Road, just past Hardwick Caravan Park
* The Village Hall at Standlake
* Back Lane car park, Eynsham
* The Green, Aston

Bampton and Clanfield Areas
The clear up operation has started in many homes in Bampton. Much of Clanfield has been flooded and Black Bourton, Alvescot, Kelmscot, Broadwell, Little Faringdon are also affected.
Sandbag pick up points:

* The Green, Aston
* Market Square, Bampton
* Fire Station, Bampton
* Crossroads, The Green, Filkins
* Drops offs as close as possible to Cote and Shifford

Bridge Street has re-opened. Mill House care home residents and some of the residents from the sheltered housing in Mill Street were evacuated on Saturday evening. There is a sandbag pick up point at:

* Cogges Centre shops

A small number of properties in Curbridge have been affected.

The Bridge at Burford is closed.

Charlbury Area
The River Evenlode has burst its banks and a number of properties have been affected and vehicles stranded.

Shipton-under-Wychwood Area
The bridge at Shipton-under-Wychwood has now re-opened. Fifty residents from the Old Prebendal Care Home have been evacuated.

The emergency rescue centres in Long Hanborough and Carterton have now been closed. Anyone who still needs emergency temporary accommodation due to flooding should make their way to West Oxfordshire District Council's Elmfield offices in New Yatt Road in Witney.

For advice call 01993 861000 or ofter 7pm 01993 705056.

Any requests for sandbags: 01993 861000 or after 7pm 01993 705056.

For further information about what to do in the event of flooding, including emergency contact numbers, visit our Flooding pages. You can also visit our Guidelines to providing sandbags page.

We are advising people not to make any unnecessary journeys and avoid touring affected areas in their cars to view the floods. Please do not ignore or remove road closed signs or cones. A number of roads in the District are impassable, check BBC Oxford Travel pages for the latest traffic and travel news.

Up-to-date details about river flood warnings are on the Environment Agency website.

Posted : 23/07/2007 19:37:22

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