I have been watching various markers on Port Meadow, by the River Thames at Oxford. One is the wooden walkway which runs between the boats and the trees in the photographs below of Medley.
On Sunday the top of the walkway was just clear of the water. On Tuesday the surface was flush with the water. This morning it had disappeared below the water.
More alarming still is the concrete road which runs along the back of Port Meadow, away from the Thames. The water has lapped at the edge of this, as it does most winters. When we set off for a walk at 9:30 today, the concrete was clear of water.
When we came back 20 minutes later, the water had started to cross the concrete.
I don’t myself blame the Environment Agency for being unable to predict accurately the highest point of this flood. There is no recent precedent for this and the sources are wide and far away.
Those, on the other hand, who have permitted uncontrolled building on land at risk, from Two Planks Prescott to the dimmest little drone in Oxford City Council’s planning department, should be tied to a post below the water line.