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Flood barrier tests are underway

Flood barrier being put up
The barrier panels take just hours to erect

A £50,000 flood barrier has been tested in Oxford.

The aluminium and rubber panels have been bought in by the city council after some residents suffered regular flooding problems.

The barrier on Bullstake Close, located off the Botley Road, will form a 100m defence.

The most recent flood in 2007 caused damage put at £250,000 to properties, with some homes coping with water up to 3ft deep.

Some residents have been hit three times in the last nine years.

Clive Soanes, who lives on Bullstake Close, was badly flooded two years ago, with much of the furniture destroyed.

He said: "We had all new stuff, and we lost it completely. To see it all go, it just broke my wife's heart."

Watching the barrier being tested, Mr Soanes said it was "absolutely brilliant".

Councillor Susanna Pressel, Ward Councillor for Jericho and Osney, said: "I'm delighted to see that the City Council has been able to find the funds to protect the residents from the levels of flooding they have suffered in the past.

"These works by the city council combined with the Environment Agency measures elsewhere in Oxford I hope will reduce the risk of flooding."



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