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Celebrity homes threatened by River Thames flooding

They would have chosen the locations along the River Thames for their idyllic views and tranquil setting.

But celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Debbie McGee, Russell Brand and George Clooney who live next to the river in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be fretting over their homes as they are threatened by rising water levels.

The Environment Agency has 16 flood warnings in place for the Thames saying that flooding is ‘expected’ with ‘immediate action required’ after it burst its banks – while there are also a further 18 less serious flood alerts.  

Among the homes threatened is the Berkshire residence of actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal on the Thames

The Clooneys' Grade II-listed mansion sits on an island in the Thames which has become very small after the river overflowed

The Clooneys’ Grade II-listed mansion sits on an island in the Thames which has become very small after the river overflowed

The Clooneys' £12million home is in an area notorious for flooding, although the house itself is raised above the garden

The Clooneys’ £12million home is in an area notorious for flooding, although the house itself is raised above the garden 

The Clooneys' home itself would appear to be in little danger despite the garden and a basketball court being swamped

The Clooneys’ home itself would appear to be in little danger despite the garden and a basketball court being swamped 

The Clooneys will be concerned by the rising water levels of the River Thames although their property is raised

The Clooneys will be concerned by the rising water levels of the River Thames although their property is raised 

Amal Clooney (left) and George Clooney (right) at the Catch-22 UK premiere at Vue Cinema Westfield in London in May 2019

Amal Clooney (left) and George Clooney (right) at the Catch-22 UK premiere at Vue Cinema Westfield in London in May 2019

Among the homes threatened is the UK residence of actor Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal, whose Grade II-listed mansion sits on an island in the Thames which has again become very small after the river burst its banks.

The couple’s £12million home is in an area notorious for flooding, although the house itself is raised above the garden, so would appear to be in little danger despite the garden and a basketball court being swamped.

The garden of McGee’s £2.5million home has also been deluged, with water surrounding the property where her late husband Paul Daniels installed floodgates and water pumps to defend it after major flooding in 2003.

In addition, comedian Brand’s £3.3million thatched cottage looked under threat today, with water perilously close to the home which appears to be on a much higher level than the now-underwater garden. 

The Environment Agency has 16 flood warnings (in red) and 18 flood alerts (in amber) in place along the River Thames today

The Environment Agency has 16 flood warnings (in red) and 18 flood alerts (in amber) in place along the River Thames today

Debbie McGee's home on the River Thames in Berkshire is among the properties under major threat of flooding

Debbie McGee’s home on the River Thames in Berkshire is among the properties under major threat of flooding

The home owned by Debbie McGee is in danger of being deluged after the River Thames broke its banks in Berkshire

The home owned by Debbie McGee is in danger of being deluged after the River Thames broke its banks in Berkshire

Debbie McGee's home is now dangerously close to being flooded with the garden almost completely underwater

Debbie McGee’s home is now dangerously close to being flooded with the garden almost completely underwater

McGee's husband Paul Daniels installed floodgates and water pumps to defend the home after major flooding in 2003

McGee’s husband Paul Daniels installed floodgates and water pumps to defend the home after major flooding in 2003

Debbie McGee and her late husband Paul Daniels at a screening of The Illusionist at London's Soho Hotel in February 2007

Debbie McGee and her late husband Paul Daniels at a screening of The Illusionist at London’s Soho Hotel in February 2007

Water was also approaching the £2.75million riverside house owned by Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon, although the danger seemed less severe and a tennis court in the rear garden did not appear to be under threat.

It comes as Bitter winds from the Baltic and Scandinavia are bringing ‘dangerous’ blizzards and sub-zero temperatures to Britain for at least six days from today along with yet more heavy rain over already-deluged areas.

Yorkshire and the North East of England will today bear the brunt of the downpours before ice and snow are forecast to follow, hitting the eastern side of the country and reaching London and the south coast by Sunday. 

South East England is under an 85-hour snow warning from 11pm tomorrow until 12pm Wednesday – while the heaviest blizzards are expected in Suffolk, Essex and Kent on Sunday where an amber warning has been issued.  

Russell Brand's £3.3million thatched cottage looked under threat today after the River Thames burst its banks in Berkshire

Russell Brand’s £3.3million thatched cottage looked under threat today after the River Thames burst its banks in Berkshire

Water is perilously close to Brand's home which appears to be on a much higher level than the now-underwater garden

Water is perilously close to Brand’s home which appears to be on a much higher level than the now-underwater garden

Brand's home looks to be in danger of being deluged after the River Thames burst its banks in parts of Berkshire

Brand’s home looks to be in danger of being deluged after the River Thames burst its banks in parts of Berkshire

Russell Brand is pictured after joining Radio X in March 2017. His riverside home appears to be under threat from floodwater

Russell Brand is pictured after joining Radio X in March 2017. His riverside home appears to be under threat from floodwater

Water was also approaching the £2.75million riverside house owned by Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon

Water was also approaching the £2.75million riverside house owned by Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon 

The flooding danger for Gervais seemed less severe and a tennis court in the rear garden did not appear to be under threat.

The flooding danger for Gervais seemed less severe and a tennis court in the rear garden did not appear to be under threat.

Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon arrives at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, in January 2020

Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon arrives at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, in January 2020

Up to 8in (20cm) could fall in the worst-hit areas on Sunday alone and 50mph wind gusts are expected. It would also be the second time London has been hit by snow in the past fortnight, after flurries fell on January 24.

The cold front, dubbed the ‘Beast from the Baltic’, could put vulnerable people at risk amid concerns it might slow down the coronavirus vaccinations rollout, especially in Scotland which has already been enduring heavy snow.

Drifting snow in the Highlands trapped 20 vehicles including lorries, a bus and cars on the A835 between Ullapool and Garve this morning, with dramatic photographs showing cars almost completely covered by the blizzards.

About 40 drivers were rescued from at Loch Dorma in Wester Ross after becoming stranded in 6ft 7in (2m) snow drifts. Highland Council said emergency centres were set up and told motorists: ‘Do not travel in this area.’

Emergency services at the Aultguish Inn on the A835 in the Highlands today after people were trapped in vehicles overnight

Emergency services at the Aultguish Inn on the A835 in the Highlands today after people were trapped in vehicles overnight

A snowplough is awaiting recovery today after coming off the A920 Huntly to Dufftown Road in the Highlands in the snow

A snowplough is awaiting recovery today after coming off the A920 Huntly to Dufftown Road in the Highlands in the snow 

Elsewhere the A85 was closed west of Methven in Perth and Kinross due to flooding, and trains could not run on the Highland Mainline between Dalwhinnie and Inverness despite plough trains being used to clear snow.

Meanwhile about 100 properties were without power due to supply faults in Skye, Lewis, Sutherland and near Inverness, as Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks engineers worked to fix the problems.

The wintry conditions have swept into the UK following an easterly airflow arriving from Scandinavia – and the Met Office said flurries will move southwards, bringing ‘a chance of heavier snow for a time in the South’.

The Midlands and South East are ‘most likely to see disruptive snow accumulating more widely’ from late tomorrow until mid-Sunday. Up to 6in (15cm) of snow could fall on high ground and 4in (10cm) at lower levels.

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