Now I've got the Crowded House song stuck in my head...
I'm betting there are a few people in Nelson wondering who brought the weather with them on holiday, and hoping they could take it away again.
A State of Emergency has been declared to help manage the response to the flooding and slips.
It makes you think, doesn't it? Could that happen where you're going on holiday this Christmas?
Is your favourite camping spot on a river flat which could flood? Are you tramping through an area where you'd have to cross streams or rivers?
What about other hazards? Is the bach in a tsunami evacuation zone, or in an area with a high fire danger?
I know it's a bit doom & gloom for what is supposed to be happy time of year, but unfortunately there are plenty of things that could go wrong while you are on holiday. Fortunately you can reduce your risks with some careful planning, and some of the same basic things that you do to prepare at home.
Know your risks - ask the local district council of the place you are going to.
Have a plan & learn where the important facilities are - medical centres etc
Take extra water and survival items with you. Something to keep the kids entertained in the car definitely counts as a survival item. Bored kids is a disaster on its own!