UPDATED: Flood warning in Buckingham as politician gets ‘drenched’

Ducks prefer the bench to the floodwater in Buckingham

Ducks prefer the bench to the floodwater in Buckingham

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Families and businesses are bracing themselves as overnight rain put the River Great Ouse on flood warning.

Councillors have donned their wellies to assess floodwater levels which are up to knee height in many places and people are advised to take care on the roads.

Bourton Park near the footpath entrance to Badgers, taken by Noel Wynder

Bourton Park near the footpath entrance to Badgers, taken by Noel Wynder

There was a flood alert for the river this morning, but that has been upgraded to ‘warning’ level this afternoon.

The Environment Agency’s flood update for the River Great Ouse explains that: “River levels remain high after the rainfall on Wednesday. Thursday will be a predominantly dry day. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.”

A planned closure tonight and tomorrow for roadworks on the A421 Bletchley Road has been cancelled, to ease congestion caused by today’s flooding.

Drivers were caught on the A421 towards Bicester, close to the bridge at Newton Purcell and fire crews had to rescue a woman from her car in Verney Road floodwater, Addington, as well freeing drivers in Welsh Lane, Stowe.

The Bell at Beachampton, taken by Nicholas Hanks

The Bell at Beachampton, taken by Nicholas Hanks

There are reports of flooding on the Gawcott to Calvert road, at Hillesden Dips, which is close to Padbury Brook, and in Bufflers Holt.

Moreton Road - by Buckingham Rugby Club - as well as the Tingewick bypass going towards Bicester, are affected.

Main Street close to The Bell Inn at Beachampton and the A413 Adstock junction are badly flooded.

Transport for Buckingham has confirmed the following roads are impassable, as of 4pm:

Warren Whyte posted this photo on Facebook of Moreton Road

Warren Whyte posted this photo on Facebook of Moreton Road

- Main St, Beechampton

- Dadford Road, Dadford village centre

- A413 Lillingstone Road, Lillingstone Lovell, before St Nicholas Road turning

- Several roads in Lillingstone Lovell, Leckhampstead, Deanshanger

Buckingham Athletic Football Club has been hit by flooding, photo taken by Noel Wynder

Buckingham Athletic Football Club has been hit by flooding, photo taken by Noel Wynder

- Lee Road, Quainton junction with Claydon Road

- Cattleford Bends, A422 between Thornton and Leckhampstead

Steve Hallett, who heads up Flood Action 4 Buckingham’s volunteers, is ‘monitoring the situation’ but is optimistic about levels dropping off.

He said: “There is nothing which is a major concern but we have people looking around to check what is going on and making sure it’s not going to get any worse.

“If it goes from flood alert to flood warning (Flooding is expected. Immediate action required), the whole team kicks into action. We know where the vulnerable people are.”

Mr Hallett said 98 properties, mainly in Nelson Street, have flood defences in place. Barriers can be slotted into a grill at the front of homes.

He added: “At the moment, the forecast looks clear for the rest of the day which will give it chance to recede a bit.

“And there is good weather coming at the weekend which will help.”

Bucks County Councillor for Buckingham, Warren Whyte, is meeting the Environment Agency this afternoon to discuss plans for the River Great Ouse.

He posted a Facebook photo to ‘thank’ the driver who sped past and splashed him.

He said: “Well thank you VW Passat driver 9am driving north on Moreton Road heading to Avenue Road.

“While I was looking at the flooding by the rugby club and new development, you drove at speed through the flood water and drenched me and the interior of my car. Thanks so much for your consideration.

“The builders are currently working on this, so please drive carefully while I go home to change and prey that my car interior is not permanently damaged.”

Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 03243 to get more information.

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