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Update: Rivers on flood watch alert

SEVEN rivers in Oxfordshire were today still on flood watch alert following recent heavy rain.

Last night the alert on the Thames was extended to cover the stretch past Abingdon.

The latest Environment Agency alert covers the section of the river from Sandford Lock to Day's Lock, at Little Wittenham, including Abingdon, Culham, Sutton Courtenay and Clifton Hampden.

Today, the Environment Agency reported that, while "no property flooding is currently expected," in many places the rivers were overflowing their banks.

More rainfall is expected tonight and tomorrow. Flood Watches were issued earlier yesterday on the Thames from Lechlade to Sandford Lock, including Oxford, and from Day's Lock to Whitchurch Lock, near Pangbourne, covering Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, Goring and Streatley.

Alerts are also in force further downstream, at Shiplake and Henley.

Six other Oxfordshire rivers on Flood Watch are the Cherwell, Evenlode, Ock, Ray, Thame and Windrush.

Flood Watch is the first level of the agency's alert system, warning that low-lying land is at risk of flooding and that householders should keep an eye on water levels near their properties.

The agency said that river levels were expected to keep rising after heavy rain and snow in the Cotswolds on Friday works its way downstream.

5:01pm today