- To see if you are in an area liable to flood please see the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ and via the Environment Agency Flood Map. Properties near to land which is already saturated maybe at risk of flash flooding, so please keep check local weather forecasts and the Environment Agency's website
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- do not attempt to drive or walk through flooded areas, especially near water courses, not only could you put your life at risk but also the lives of the emergency services sent to rescue you
- help us to spread these messages by making sure your neighbours friends and family know where to go for the latest information and advice and not to take any risks
- for advice on the measures homes and businesses in at-risk areas can take please click on the relevant menu tabs on the left hand side
Important telephone numbers and further information during flooding:
- if you're in a life threatening situation then please dial the emergency services on 999
- if it is a none urgent call then please call the emergency service on 101
- to report flooding from a sewer please call Thames Water on 0845 9200 800 or visit Thames Water's Sewer Flooding page
- If you are concerned about a vulnerable person please call the county council's emergency duty team on 0800 833 408
- keep an eye on Oxfordshire County Council and Environment Agency websites
- follow the Twitter feeds from the district council and county council, and also by using #oxonflood.
- 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
- for a helpful guide on how to build an effective sand bag wall please see this YouTube video.
Who is responsible for what:
- the property owner – ensuring that their own property is protected, being prepared to vacate your house if necessary
- Environment Agency – determines the level of flood warning and works to alleviate potential flooding issues
- Oxfordshire County Council – road closures and sand bag distribution (working with other agencies)
- South Oxfordshire District Council – sand bag dumps and direct sand bag distribution to those at greatest need (working with county council)
- Thames Water - is responsible for maintaining sewers - to report flooding from a sewer please call 0845 9200 900 or visit Thames Water's Sewer Flooding page.
If your home or business has been flooded:
- before you start any clean up please read the Cleaning up and Staying Safe advice issued by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue and the county council
- for information about rates relief for businesses please see Rate Relief for Flooded Properties
- for information about flood grants available for property owners please see our flood grants page.
In South Oxfordshire we have large flood plains with few houses, so in recent times it has been flash flooding that has caused problems rather than overflow from the River Thames or the River Thame.
Residents and property owners are strongly advised to make their own arrangements to protect their property, particularly if they live in within a flood plain or if they know their property is susceptible to flooding. They should take steps themselves to help prepare and protect against the risk of flooding and the pages on the left give prevention tips as well as advice on what to do if you are affected by a flood.
During extreme flooding events the council works closely with emergency services and partner authorities to ensure a co-ordinated response to the incident. The council will try to provide assistance to residents, wherever possible, in these circumstances. If you need help please contact the council on 01491 823000 or 01491 824033 if you are calling about an emergency out of office hours.
For updates regarding road closures, please visit the Oxfordshire County Council website.
The council wants to collect as much information as possible about what and where has flooded. This may be after the event when the waters have subsided. This information will help us to investigate the situation and also provides historic records. Photos and eye witness accounts are useful.
To report flooding to a property, use the Report It form
For the time being, you should retain your sandbags in case you need them in the near future.
Last reviewed: 13 - 11 - 2014