Prince William and Princess Kate’s home could be at risk of flooding as new pictures show water overflowing from the River Thames next to Adelaide Cottage. It comes after the UK was hit by a barrage of wind, rain and now snow in the last few days causing villages in several parts of the country to go underwater.
The pictures show parts of the path, including a park bench, near the cottage disappearing beneath the water as a canal boat is parked nearby. The threat to Adelaide Cottage comes as thousands of Britons deal with water damage from flooded homes.
Speaking to the BBC about the damage done to his property, the owner of West Mid Showground Ian Bebbington said abnormal flooding was becoming normal. Mr Bebbington explained: Ten years ago, nine years ago, the flood over New Year would have been absolutely horrific.
“Today I am sitting here thinking that’s just par for the course now. Our climate has changed… and where it would happen once a year, it is now multiple times a year.”
As some people and businesses begin the process of clearing up, thousands more are bracing for the potential damage to come. The UK is set to be hit more walls of snow as January continues. This is snow that will melt and potentially lead to rising water levels.
According to a Met Office forecast, the UK’s wintry weather is set to continue over the next few weeks. In their forecast, they said: “A mix of sleet and snow showers will move in from the east later on Sunday night along with temperatures near zero.
“Given these wintry showers, and also wet surfaces after recent wet weather, some icy patches are likely on untreated surfaces. Additionally, a few of the snow showers could turn quite heavy; these probably only affecting a narrow zone but a few places could see 1 to 3cm, mainly over the north Downs and on grassy surfaces.”
The UK is expected to be hit by another wall of snow later this month on January 17 when the large parts of the country will see wintry weather and plummeting temperatures. Weather maps predict that there could be a high probability of significant snowfall.
Chief forecaster for the Met Office Paul Gundersen said the settling snow could be limited to higher ground at first. However, he warned it could settle in lower lying areas later on.
Mr Gundersen warned: “High pressure is dominating our weather, sitting up to the northeast. That will bring a real chill across the south but also bring in some snow showers across southern areas of England and south Wales.
“Settling snow will be mainly confined to high ground at first, and most parts will see very little, but small accumulations are possible from late afternoon and through the first half of the night.”
While several forecasters are focusing on the bad weather that could arrive in the next two weeks, some businesses are thinking about how best to react to the severe weather caused by Storm Henk. One business reaching out to customers is NatWest.
The bank has reached out agricultural customers and announced increased support following the flooding causedby Storm Henk. In a statement, the bank said that they were offering individual financial solutions to affected customers.
Head of agriculture at Natwest Group Ian Burrow said: “We are here to support our customers in the farming sector through this difficult period. Our agricultural managers have in-depth knowledge of the sector, including being able to offer individual financial support, where needed, to help customers navigate the recent flooding.
“We would urge affected customers to get in touch with their local agriculture relationship manager to discuss how we can help.” NatWest added that their announcement of new measures reflects their “strong commitment” to the agricutural sector.
Mr Burrow added: “As always, we are also here to support our customers in the long-term. The disruption caused by the flooding has the potential to significantly impact planting and crop rotations.
“This is why we encourage customers to discuss the impact on their own individual business with their manager to establish if it might be appropriate to consider altering the bank facilities currently in place.”