August 31, 2008

Cars Swept in River By Freak Tide


CARS were swept into the Thames when the river burst its banks yesterday.

Stunned onlookers watched as the water crept across roads at Putney, south-west London, during the afternoon's high tide.

The water rose several feet at a popular boating spot, taking cars out towards passing yachts.

Dad-of-two Tony Andrews, 41, said: "We couldn't believe our eyes when the water started coming up so far.

"There wasn't a drop of rain all day - in fact it was boiling hot. It was very strange."

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We always expect high spring tides at this time of year, which can cause the river to burst its banks.

"We hadn't expected anything like this to happen today, so it's come as a bit of a shock, but it's not completely unheard of."

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