These poor swans struggled against the racing Thames current yesterday after heavy rains swelled the river.

The moat at Hampton Court palace also flooded for only the second time in a decade.

The video was taken by IT worker Kris Smith.

And Raven’s Ait in Surbiton was also deluged, with the Thames lapping at the edge of the island.

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Former owner Ozzie Stewart said: “It won’t get into the island. The boatyard [Hart’s Boatyard in Portsmouth Road] like everything else on the river at the moment is pretty badly flooded.”

Photographer Anthony Falla also took these pictures of other parts of the riverside, including the Hogsmill, threatened or already engulfed by water.

To see the weather forecast in Kingston upon Thames for the next week click here

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