THIS year, Henley was hit by worst floods in a decade.
In January and February, when they would normally be looking forward to the start of building work, the organisers of the royal regatta found were faced with the consequences.
Days of torrential rain caused the River Thames to reach some of the highest levels in years and there was widespread flooding across low-lying land in and around the town.
Some streets were flooded, residents had to be evacuated from their homes and there was disruption to transport.
A large area of land on the Berkshire bank next to the 2,112m regatta course was waterlogged and Lion Meadow, which is used as a car park during the event, was submerged.