Item BCA - 2018.1387 - Floods in Bampton

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BCA - 2018.1387

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Floods in Bampton

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  • 1932-2010 (Creation)

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pdf of 57 photographs

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Parts of Bampton have always flooded, It's low lying country and in a really heavy downpour the water table rises and people get flooded. In 2008 Kit Jackson, then in her late 80s told me when she was a girl, the children were taken in a crocodile to the Weald area to see the sights, which was the locals coming along the road in boats to go shopping in Bampton. The run-off from all the new houses and factories built in Swindon in the second half of the C20th runs into the river Ray which runs into the Thames. The run-off from the runway at RAF Brize Norton comes through Bampton so when there is prolonged and heavy rain, the Thames rises so much the Shill brook can't with the Brize Norton water and ours can't flow into it and then we have floods. 1932 as shown in some of these photographs was a particularly bad year as was 2007, but there have been floods in the intervening years and since and the crazy thing is there is an extremely strong push to build on land known to flood. With no jobs round the area that means people need to drive to work, the roads are already at a standstill from Witney to Oxford some days, they are full of potholes (2018), the surgery is at full capacity having taken many people from the surgery which closed in Witney, our sewerage system is at breaking point - it has backed up into some of the new houses in Cala Homes along New Road and still WODC don't appear to have the guts to say enough is enough.

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