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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Flooding Forces Evacuation in Oxford

OXFORD, England -- Rising flood waters forced dozens of residents to be evacuated in this university town Wednesday as the surge from Britain's worst floods in 60 years pushed through the Thames Valley.

Firefighters blocked off streets as the water rose to up to 1.2 meters deep. The flooded area was about a two kilometers away from Oxford University, but officials there were still taking precautions.

Nearly 100 people had been evacuated from their homes and taken to Oxford United's Kassam Stadium. Local police said more residents were being urged to move to higher ground, as the river was expected to crest later Wednesday.

Oxford is laced with waterways, including the River Cherwell, which loops around the east and south side of the university.

With parts of the River Thames already spilling out from its banks, fears were also raised over water levels at Bullstake Stream and Botley Stream, which meander through west Oxford before joining the Thames.

At the flooded George Inn pub on Botley Road, a sign proclaimed: "Open for business -- come hell or high water."

The flooding was having little effect on Oxford University and its 38 colleges, where the academic year ended for undergraduates in mid-June, a spokeswoman said.

Passing emergency vehicles in some neighborhoods created waves as residents nervously watched.

"It's quite good fun, actually. People are much nicer to each other than they normally are," said Martin Oliver, 47, an employee at the Courtney Pianos store.

Anthony O'Rourke said he was resigned to the flooding. "If you buy a house next to a stream, or even a braided network of them, what can you expect?" O'Rourke said, standing outside his flooded home.