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Flood risk in Oxford
There are 4,500 properties in Oxford at a 1% or higher annual risk of flooding. This figure could rise to nearly 6,000 properties by the year 2080, with the predicted effects of climate change. Major roads, railway lines, schools and businesses could also be affected by flooding. The Environment Agency carries out regular maintenance activities and operates its assets to reduce the flood risk as much as possible, reducing this to 1,800 properties at risk.
The Oxford Flood Risk Management Strategy
In 2009 the Environment Agency carried out the Oxford Flood Risk Management Strategy, a detailed study of the flood risk from rivers in Oxford. The strategy described how flood risk in Oxford can be managed over the next 100 years.
Since the January 2014 floods, the project team has been working with partners including Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Thames Water, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, University of Oxford and the Oxford Flood Alliance, to develop a scheme in line with this strategy. The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will protect at least 1,200 properties in Oxford.