A flood watch alert has been issued for the river Cherwell following heavy rain this winter; the flood watch covers the full length of the river. The Environment Agency has also issued flood watches for the River Ock, the River Ray, the Thame, Windrush and the Envenlode. Flood watch is the agency’s first level 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; people have been warned not to attempt to swim or drive through the river. The flood risk for the Thame has reduced and on Saturday, the flood risk was lifted. However, if the downpours continue, then it is possible that the alert will once more be raised. Seven rivers in Oxfordshire are still on high alert. More rain is expected today and the Environment Agency expects that river levels will continue to rise. Those who are worried about flooding can see the Agency’s website, or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.