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today oxford is on a high flood alert.

for those of you that read my post on friday you’ll know that it has been raining incessantly here in oxford. its been raining literally day after day and now its started flooding in areas of england. warwickshire, worcestershire, gloucestershire, berkshire and oxfordshire are the worst affected and apparantly the worst is yet to come.

 

the river avon, that runs through stratford has burst its banks, as have the rivers severn and ock and the thames is about to do the same in parts. as with these crises, the flood isn’t the end of the problem, areas of cheltenham and gloucester have had their water turned off and are about to lose their electricity too.

charlotte’s mom lives in cheltenham and she’s filled the bath and is cooking the food to prepare. apparantly they will be without water for a minimum of 7 days. we’ve invited her to come over, but she’s going to see how it goes. if the water shortage lasts any longer or becomes unbearable then she’ll probably come. that is if oxford isn’t in a worse situation by then.

oxford, itself, hasn’t flooded yet, but neighbouring towns of abingdon and witney have. oxford is extremely vulnarable because the thames runs right through it and in fact runs right by our house. we live about a hundred metres from the thames, in a ground floor flat and so, as you can imagine, are rather nervous.

this is a photo i took this morning of the thames. its quite swolen but it doesn’t look too bad at the moment… 

the weather people have predicted that the thames is going to break its banks somewhere in the early hours of tomorrow morning, yet they apparantly they can’t predict the extent of the flooding. whats annoyed me about this debacle though is that there isn’t any visible support from the council or the government. no-one is coming out to build flood defences and the only advice one can get on how to prepare is by searching for it on the internet (and even then it isn’t easy to find). only when areas have already been flooded have the fire services and those people come out and put sandbags and stuff down. a bit too late really…

the botley road, one of the main roads that leads into oxford

tomorrow, at least, is meant to be dry. but then wednesday and thursday its going to rain all day again.

its hard to describe my mood. writing it down like this i feel i should be down, but nothing has happened yet, and we don’t have any idea of the potential extent of the flooding to come. so its hard to be down about anything in particular. i think until something happens we’ll just have to carry on and wait. i don’t think anyone actually believes its going to happen, just because they’ve never experienced it before in their lifetime. so at the moment we’re living in a kind of denial mixed with skepticism.

like i said, all we can do, really, is wait and hope it isn’t too bad.

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  1. July 23, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve been hearing about this on the news – it sounds terrible 😦

    I really really hope nothing too bad happens there in Oxford. And I hope the situation in general improves soon. The planet is so messed up right now 😦

  2. Kim
    July 24, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Eeep. I hope that the worst doesn’t happen and that your flat ends up safe, sound, and dry.

  3. July 24, 2007 at 1:50 am

    That’s horrible, JP. I’ll keep you and Charlotte in my thoughts and really hope that things don’t turn out as drab as they sound. What a mess!

  4. jean pierre
    July 24, 2007 at 6:28 am

    thanks for your support guys!

    the planet does seem very messed indeed, nymeth… 😦

    it didn’t flood last night, so thats good. i’ll be posting an update on the situation a little later today.

  5. July 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    I need to buy some water wings for the girlies. mew.
    xx

  6. July 24, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Hope you are still dry. I’ve been watching on the Beeb, and they are saying that it has peaked in several areas. Provided it doesn’t rain any more. Fingers crossed.

  7. July 24, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Holy crap! I hope it stops now before it does any more damage. Sorry you all are going through this. Feel free to send some rain our way, we could use it!

  8. jean pierre
    July 25, 2007 at 6:55 am

    thanks fence and carl!

    yeah, fence, the idiots said it had peaked – but with rain predicted it was obviously going to rise again. it seems to be subsiding in cheltenham, gloucester and warwickshire, though. its getting worse here in oxford, though. our bank hasn’t burst yet, so we’ll have to see.

    i’m going to head out in a minute and see what the river looks like by our house.

    carl, i’ve heard about the droughts and lack of rain in many parts of the world. thats equally as bad as flooding! i’d happily send you some of our rain 🙂

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