Category Archives: flood

River Thames Flooding in Abingdon

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Nobody is bringing their boat through Abingdon Lock today.
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The River Thames has flooded, swamping the fields and meadows on the opposite bank from Abingdon.
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Somebody I know got a call to suggest they move their car from Abingdon Marina. It was standing in a couple of inches of water.
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I am not sure whether moving it, at such a late stage of the floods, was a good idea. The road to Abingdon Marina was a lot deeper.
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Boat owners, anxious about the safety of their craft, take extra measures to keep them safe.
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Otherwise it can be disastrous.

River Ock after recent rainfall

River Ock high following recent rainfall
The latest Environment Agency update on the River Ock says “Property flooding is not currently expected. River levels remain high but continue to fall on the River Ock and Letcombe Brook following recent rainfall. Therefore, the risk of flooding is currently reducing. From this evening (18/12/19), through tomorrow 19/12/19, Friday 20/12/19 and the weekend, we are expecting heavy, persistent showers across the area. We therefore expect river levels to rise further over the coming days and into the early part of next week. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are operating weirs to reduce flood risk and are in the area clearing weed/trash screens.”
River Ock high following recent rainfall
Tesco cannot be reached along the Ock Path from Mill Road.
River Ock high following recent rainfall
Nor can Tesco be reached on the path from Chaunterell Way.
River Ock high following recent rainfall
There was an Environment Agency van parked near Tesco monitoring the situation.

There is normally a height difference at this River Ock weir, where the river is divided into two streams, but today there was no waterfall.

High Water in Abingdon

Abingdon River levels High
The water level of the River Ock in Abingdon has been high over the last couple of days and looks to be going down.
Abingdon River levels High
A rubbish bin is surrounded by water in the Abbey Meadow as the water level of the River Thames gets higher with the Abingdon Weir gates wide open.
Abingdon River levels High
There have been pictures on this blog of boats that have come to grief during floods. There are three narrow boats moored between Abingdon Lock and Abingdon Bridge. Two have long ropes.
Abingdon River levels High
The third is moored next to the lock entrance.
Abingdon River levels High
On Saturday the water had risen over the banks in various places over this stretch of Rye Farm Meadow.
Abingdon River levels High
By Sunday the Thames Path at Rye Farm Meadow was only passable with extreme care.