Sophie Sowden, 13, was enjoying a sleepover with friends when the storm hit Canvey. Eager to see what was going on, the girls went outside to Link Road and were walking in the floodwater.Well, of course they were…
Mum Claire Sowden, 34, of Hallet Road, Canvey, said: “Sophie all of a sudden dropped and was only saved from falling further by her thighs.
“If it had been a smaller child, it could have been fatal.”Let’s hear it for childhood obesity! It's a lifesaver!
Mrs Sowden said: “She’s in a lot of pain and crying all the time. Everyone is out enjoying the summer holidays and she is immobile.
“At the time, I didn’t give it a thought. I just thought it was a cut, but I took her to the doctor and he said she needed to go to A&E. If drains are left open, it’s just waiting for an accident to happen. ”But drains aren’t ‘left open’. The floodwater lifts them. That’s why no sensible person goes for a walk in it.
Well, that and it’s often full of raw sewage.