THE Environment Agency and other staff will test out their flood protection response in Botley Road later this month.

On Thursday, August 20, to ensure flood protection plans are well tested, the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme partners and emergency responders will be practising their incident response plan.


This will include temporary flood barriers being set up in South Hinksey and Bullstake Close and pumps being tested for removing flood water.

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The £150m Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is being planned to prevent major flooding in areas like Botley Road, which has flooded in the past, but the scheme has been hit by numerous delays.

A spokesman for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme said: “Due to the current government guidance on public gatherings, we won’t be able to invite members of the community to attend. We will be sharing updates on Twitter and Facebook as the exercise progresses.

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"We will also share video footage of the temporary barriers and pumps so you can see our field teams in action.


“During the summer months, flood risk might be low on your list of priorities but Environment Agency officers are thinking about it year-round. Throughout the year our operations staff carry out inspections and clear debris to keep main rivers moving.”

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To report a blockage that could cause flooding call our 24 incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

You can also find out what maintenance is planned in your area by visiting the website

Stay prepared by signing up for flood alerts and preparing a flood plan at If you have any questions email