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Flood alert on Oxfordshire brooks no longer in place

A flood alert issued for the Langford and Wendlebury brooks in Oxfordshire is no longer in place.

The alert on the brooks around Bicester and their tributaries, from Stratton Audley down to the M40 at Merton, was lifted by the Environment Agency.

Heavy rain caused flash flooding and river levels to rise across the county on 6 July.

Alerts remain on the rivers Cherwell, Evenlode, Glyme, Thame, and Ray as well as on Chalgrove Brook.

Sam Elfer, from the Environment Agency, said: "The rain gauge at Bicester recorded about 10mm (0.4in) of rain over the last 48 hours, which may not sound like a lot, but the cumulative amount, after a week of heavy rainfall, means this amount has the potential to cause problems.

"The recent let up in the rain has alleviated the problem for the time being though."

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 50 calls to reports of flooding as heavy rain caused flash flooding and long delays across the area's roads.

At one point Wheatley high street area was impassable and water flooded some homes.

Standing water also caused problems in Garsington and Wantage.

In Wood Eaton fire crews were called to help cars stuck in flood water.

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