Flooding results in road closures

A number of country roads were closed and outbuildings and fields flooded as canal and river levels rose across the region due to heavy rainfall.

Towards the end of last week and into the weekend, the Environment Agency placed flood warnings on the River Cherwell as roads became impassable in areas including Barford St Michael, Burdrop, Cropredy and Chacombe.

New lakes appeared beside the Bloxham Road at the Sor Brook and at playing fields in Cropredy, Adderbury and North Newington.

Among buildings affected were stables at Hook Norton Brewery, which were flooded for the first time since 2007.

On Saturday Banbury fire crews helped a man to safety after his car became marooned in flood water between Wroxton and Hornton. His vehicle had to be winched to safety.

Some of the most dramatic images were in the fields around King’s Sutton – prompting many to comment on the Banbury Guardian’s Facebook page regarding a recent decision to build 40 new homes next to the village flood plain. Debbie Woodward posted: “They still build houses in King’s Sutton where it floods,” and Lucy Tustian posted: “They are thinking of building in that area? Crazy.”

In Banbury, Cherwell District Council car parks at Spiceball North, The Mill and Spiceball Park Road car were closed due to flooding fears, but properties in the town remained dry as the multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme – opened in 2011 to protect 440 homes and 70 businesses – again proved effective.

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