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Residents see new flood barriers

portable flood barrier
The portable barriers can be put up quickly and easily when needed

Residents of a high flood-risk area of Oxford have been shown a new portable barrier, dubbed "high-tech sandbags", designed to protect their homes.

The Environment Agency demonstrated the flood barriers in place near Hinksey Park. They cost £130,000.

If there is a threat of flooding a 320m barrier can be erected quickly between Hinksey lake and local houses.

In July 2007, the area was badly hit by flooding that affected hundreds of homes across Oxfordshire.

The Environment Agency describes the new barriers as "high-tech sandbags".

Geoff Bell, Area Project Manager from the agency said: "We want to show residents in South Oxford what we are doing to reduce the risk of flooding in their community.

"This includes the work we are currently doing to install new culverts in the Hinksey Drain in Redbridge.

"That will help remove a pinch-point on the Oxford river system and help residents in both the Abingdon Road and Botley Road areas of the city."

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