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SODC – Latest Flooding Update

South Oxfordshire District Council flooding update – LATEST INFORMATION Friday 14 February 2014

Please note that there will only be updates this weekend if the situation changes dramatically.  Updates will be provided primarily on Twitter (@southoxon).

Update to waste collections

Residents in areas directly impacted by road closures or flooding may not have received a waste collection this week (10 – 14 February). If you are in an area that was severely affected and we were not able to reach you, we will collect extra landfill or recycling (no more than one bin's worth) on your next scheduled collection day.  So if your recycling collection was missed, we will collect the extra on your next scheduled recycling (green bin) day, and if your landfill collection was missed, we will collect the extra on your next scheduled landfill (grey bin) day.  Please place the excess recycling or landfill in bags next to your bin.  Thank you for your patience and co-operation at this time.

There continues to be a number of Environment Agency flood alerts and warnings in place across the county.  More rain is expected this week and properties near to land which is already saturated maybe at risk of flash flooding, so please keep checking the Environment Agency's website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk) and Environment Agency Flood Map.

Sandbags

We are working with town and parish councils to help provide sandbags to those at greatest need and they may have special arrangements in place.  

Important: The council can not guarantee the supply of sandbags to any premises, so residents and property owners are strongly advised to make their own arrangements to protect their property.  Crews are working very hard to maintain sandbag stock levels, however please be aware that demand is very high with bags often going as soon as deliveries are made.  Please only take the number of sandbags that are genuinely required to cover external doorways.  Direct deliveries are being made to properties that are at greatest need.  For a helpful guide on how to build an effective sand bag wall please see this YouTube video.

Transport

Flooding to roads and railway lines is causing extensive travel disruption througout the South East. 

For a list of roads which are closed as a result of flooding, please see Oxfordshire County Council's flooding update page.

You can get live service updates, including SMS text alerts, from Oxfordshire bus companies at www.oxontime.com.  Please also see the http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/ Stagecoach Oxfordshire and Thames Travel websites for updates on flooding-related disruption to bus services. Follow the Twitter feeds for the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach Oxfordshire via @OxfordBusCo and @Stagecoach_Ox.

As a result of flooding to railway lines, First Great Western services are currently disrupted and special arrangements are in place.  For information, please see the latest updates on First Great Western's website and follow them on Twitter via @fgw.  Please also check rail departures from the National Rail live departure board.

Finally, check the county council's live travel information and listen for updates on local radio.

General

·        Royal Mail are currently offering free redirection of mail for those impacted by the floods.  Please visit their website for further information

Important telephone numbers and further information:

v     if you're in a life threatening situation then please dial the emergency services on 999

v     if it is a non-urgent call, then please call the emergency service on 101

v     to report flooding from a sewer please call Thames Water on 0845 9200 800 or visit Thames Water's Sewer Flooding page

v     If you are concerned about a vulnerable person please call the county council's emergency duty team on 0800 833 408

v     keep an eye on Oxfordshire County Council and Environment Agency websites

v     follow the Twitter feeds from the district council and county council, and also by using #oxonflood.

For more flooding advice and the latest information please visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/flooding or follow us on Twitter via @southoxon.

During the flooding this regular update sheet is provided to:

v     All district councillors

v     All parish councils in South Oxfordshire

v     South Oxfordshire District Council customer services

v     Businesses that are signed up to the South and Vale Economic Development database.

Communications Team

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

communications@southandvale.gov.uk

01235 540300.