George Michael's luxury country manor risks being ruined by floods

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George Michael's plush country manor in Goring-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, could be under threat from recent flooding.

Floodwater can be seen lapping at the front door and garden wall of the stunning detached period property.

The rising River Thames has not yet managed to make it over the protective sandbags placed around the property.

But there is no let-up in sight from the torrential rain, with more heavy downpours predicted this week.

Thousands of people's homes have been ruined and left without power in south west England, and Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, says 'Storm Darwin' is set to bring more chaos.

He told Aol Travel: "Storm Darwin set to bring severe gales and storm force winds this afternoon and evening, with the worst over Ireland to Wales and northern England. Next, our attention will be on the depression moving up on Friday.

"This will bring more widespread rainfall across all of the country and threaten even more flooding. It looks like the west and south can expect 15mm to 30mm from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, and eastern Britain 10mm to 15mm.

"Over higher ground in Wales and northern England the rain will turn to snow for a time too, and over Scotland some heavy snowfalls can be expected across the Southern Uplands and Highlands

"More strong winds on Saturday, especially across southern England, and gales along the Channel."

The news comes as 1,500 members of the UK's armed forces have been brought in to help communities wrecked by flooding.

Prime Minister David Cameron has visited the worst-hit areas in the south west, including Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, and at a press conference following the trip said: "Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed, we will spend it," reports the BBC.

He added: "It is a huge challenge and we have had the wettest start to a year for 250 years, some of the most extreme weather we have seen in our country in decades.

"If money needs to be spent, it will be spent; if resources are required we will provide them; if the military can help, they will be there. We must do everything but it will take time to put these things right."



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