Flood warning for Witney

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A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.


Flood Alert in force: River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge.


Flooding is possible for: River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge including Burford, Asthall, Minster Lovell, Crawley, Witney, Ducklington, Rack End and Standlake.


Be prepared.


Property flooding is not currently expected.

River levels have risen on the River Windrush as a result of heavy rainfall. Therefore, flooding of low laying land and roads is imminent, especially around Bourton on the Water and Witney. Further heavy rainfall showers are forecast for the rest of today (23/12/21) and overnight. We expect river levels to continue rising through this afternoon and evening.

We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff have been in the area clearing weed/trash screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and remain safe and aware of your local surroundings.

This message will be updated this evening, 23/12/21, or as the situation changes.


To check the latest information for your area



* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/061WAF10Windrush


* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 171075.


* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.


* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.



What you should consider doing now



* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.


* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.


* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.


* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.


* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.


* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.


* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.


* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.