Tourist van floods in ThamesSave
By Jaden McLeod
A Canadian mother and daughter awoke to an unwelcome surprise in flood-soaked Thames.
"I woke up to my Mum shaking me awake saying that there is water outside and we need to go right now. So I climbed quickly into the front of the van, and I looked around at all the water inside. I couldn't even sit on the seats. It was full up to there."
Mother Tracey Hatch has wanted to see New Zealand since she was young.
"My eldest daughter gave me a trip here for Christmas as my present. Now here we are, flooded in Thames."
Mrs Hatch says the sounds of sirens woke her in the night.
At that stage water hadn't risen around the van, but she was concerned nonetheless.
"I was worried about tsunami, being a foreigner. So I quickly looked it up. It wasn't a tsunami, which I was happy about. But that's turned out to be pointless."