Time to wade through crisis to plug gap in flood defence

thisisoxfordshire: Time to wade through crisis to plug gap in flood defence Time to wade through crisis to plug gap in flood defence

NOW the flood waters have started to subside, people in Oxford will begin to count the cost of the latest deluge to hit the city.

It was a tale of two major routes yesterday with the Botley Road reopened but Abingdon Road staying closed for the time being.

City council leader Bob Price says the latest wave of floods has cost the city a small fortune in lost trade while the county council cannot yet say how much it has had to invest in coping with the floods and the subsequent clean-up operation.

While residents, businesses and commuters have coped well with adversity, an investigation needs to begin in earnest in how best to prevent two of the city’s major routes flooding at the same time.

If funding is not available for the flood relief channel that environmental experts say is required, then civic leaders may, in the short term, be sensible to accept something less ambitious.

It’s quite clear such major floods are not just a one-off – scenes of neighbours paddling up the Abingdon Road have become all too familiar.

The floods this past week have caused utter chaos and have given businesses and residents the worst possible start to the new year.

But if better flood defences were in place it could be a different story.

These major incidents are no longer a once-in-a-century occurrence – they are happening on a regular basis.

Prime Minister David Cameron insisted last week investment in flood defences is not diminishing and now is the right time for council leaders in Oxford to lobby for cash for flood alleviation measures.

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9:16am Mon 13 Jan 14

jonody says...

the river's only waist deep in many places. dredge it, increase the flow, decrease the width. GCSE physics.

this new £120m drainage ditch is a waste of money. clear the existing seacourt and hinksey streams first which are silted up from years of neglect. you don't need money you need enough willing people with shovels.
the river's only waist deep in many places. dredge it, increase the flow, decrease the width. GCSE physics. this new £120m drainage ditch is a waste of money. clear the existing seacourt and hinksey streams first which are silted up from years of neglect. you don't need money you need enough willing people with shovels. jonody
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11:05am Mon 13 Jan 14

colbart says...

Abingdon Road, how much was spent on those 'hollow' kerbs (with holes at the bottom)?, Did they contribute to the flooding?, I know the drains started to backflow and add to the problems....Was there flooding when the Oxford Canal/National Canal network was in place?. All these talks of a large concrete ditch. Made me think,
Abingdon Road, how much was spent on those 'hollow' kerbs (with holes at the bottom)?, Did they contribute to the flooding?, I know the drains started to backflow and add to the problems....Was there flooding when the Oxford Canal/National Canal network was in place?. All these talks of a large concrete ditch. Made me think, colbart
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