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In the tranquil English countryside, nestled along the banks of the River Thames, sits a stunning mansion that has been home to Hollywood royalty, George and Amal Clooney. This sprawling $25 million estate in Berkshire, which sits on its own private island, has seen its fair share of grand parties, star-studded gatherings, and intimate family moments since George purchased the luxury estate in 2014. However, it’s not all glamour and glitz for the Clooneys’ UK abode, as their tranquil paradise has been caught in the grip of a serious predicament: persistent and unforgiving floods.
Aerial photos of the massive, five-acre, riverside property from Daily Mail show that the once manicured English gardens are now completely flooded. And, given that the couple’s house is situated right next to the River Thames, it is going to be difficult to fix up the property once the rain finally relents.
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Unfortunately for the Clooneys, their luxurious English countryside retreat is no stranger to the whims of Mother Nature. The mansion, which they acquired in 2014, has grappled with the fury of torrential rains and rising floodwaters in the past. Their illustrious neighbors, including celebrities like Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais, have also felt the impact of these environmental challenges. A storm named Dennis had previously wreaked havoc on their estate in 2020, leaving behind a trail of major flood damage. Yet, the Clooneys managed to weather this storm, with their publicist reassuring fans that “all is fine,” per Page Six.
The Clooneys’ brush with flooding isn’t exclusive to their UK residence. Back in 2021, the family found themselves amidst a challenging situation while vacationing at their scenic Lake Como villa in northern Italy. The Ocean’s Eleven star and his family were caught in the middle of devastating floods and mudslides that struck the region in July 2021, where George helped evacuate locals, per New York Post.
This series of flooding events raises questions about the future of their Berkshire mansion. Despite its grandeur and historical significance, the practicality of maintaining a home in a flood-prone area is undeniably challenging. Yet, George and Amal Clooney, parents to twins Ella and Alexander, have shown resilience in the face of these adversities.
While it’s tempting to shrug off the flooding of a celebrity mansion with a nonchalant “Oh, well,” it actually signals a much more serious issue. This situation underscores the escalating climate disasters that are becoming a reality for everyone, regardless of their wealth or fame.
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