Operatives working for West Oxfordshire District Council are now working with Oxfordshire County Council staff to identify ditches that are not being maintained and are causing roads to flood.
Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have had a huge amount of rainfall over the last few months and that is why routine maintenance is so important.
“Ditches and minor watercourses are the first line of defence against localised flooding which will become worse with the effects of climate change. They should be regularly cleared by landowners during the autumn and winter months.”
West Oxfordshire District Council has just completed its annual ditch clearance on land it owns.
Every year more than five kilometres of ditches are cleared of vegetation, silt and litter which have built up over the last year by workers from Ubico, the Council’s maintenance company.
Areas cleared include parts of Bampton and Carterton as well as Madley Brook and Judd’s Close in Witney
The work, which is part of a flood prevention programme set up following the 2007 floods, is in addition to routine inspections of known problematic pinch points, culvert inlets and critical drainage systems.
For more information on how to report a flood, see https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/environment/flooding/ or call the Flood Risk Management Team on 01993 861000