Property flooding expected as water reaches The Mill


River levels rose again overnight after heavy rain on Tuesday

The Environment Agency has updated a flood alert warning that property flooding is now expected in our area.  

The alert is in force for the River Cherwell and the streams feeding into it from Charwelton to just above Upper Heyford, but highlights flooding of low-lying land specifically in Banbury and Kings Sutton.

River levels had receded a little on Tuesday, but after a day of heavy rain the Agency warned on Tuesday evening that levels were rising once again.  

Overnight water reached The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury and flowed directly through its car park into the Oxford Canal.   Sandbags had been placed around the building to protect it as much as possible.

Nearby, the car park underneath the Lidl supermarket is closed with water throughout.

The Environment Agency said: “Further rainfall showers are forecast today and overnight, which may be heavy at times.   Unsettled conditions will persist for the remainder of the week.   Levels are now falling in the upper reaches.   River levels have begun to stabilise at Banbury and are expected to begin falling later today.    

“[The] river will remain high over the next few days and [be] sensitive to further rainfall.   We are monitoring the situation.”

In addition to Banbury and Kings Sutton the following villages are also affected: Woodford Halse, Edgcote, Cropredy, Marston St Lawrence, Hook Norton and Croughton.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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