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The Weather Channel’s ‘Storm Stories’ explores the 2009 Georgia Floods

StormStoriesAtlanta-based The Weather Channel’s “Storm Stories,” hosted by Jim Cantore, looked right in its own backyard to explore the 2009 Atlanta floods last fall. Ten people lost their lives and thousands lost their homes.

The half-hour special, using re-enactments and interviews with the key players and debuting Saturday at 8:30 p.m., focused on two harrowing stories of people trapped in high waters, one on a river in Douglas County, another on I-20.

Josh Chandler and his sister on Sept. 20 had to take his one-year-old daughter to the hospital for an allergic reaction. They drove onto a bridge just as flood waters were hitting it hard. A major current knocked the car into the guard rail, then pushed it over, plummeting them into the river. “I thought we were gone,” said his sister Shanice Daniel.

The car got lodged in some trees, allowing them to up and out of the water. Three rescuers  tried to get them but their boat capsized and forced them to join Josh, Shanice and his baby in the tree. This necessitated a second, successful rescue of everybody.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Melissa Brooks was alone on I-20 and blindly drove right into the area where Sweetwater Creek had overflowed over the highway. Her car was instantly swept away. Doug Weghorn and Zack Stephney fought the current and save her after her car sank.

On TV

“Storm Stories,” 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the Weather Channel

5 comments Add your comment

Eddie are Murrow

April 30th, 2010
3:46 pm

As the news director of 46 news, I would like to apologize for the floods. If we would have known how destructive water can be we would never have hoped for rain. We are very soory.
WGCL Management

To Eddie.......

May 1st, 2010
7:36 am

Yours was a tasteless comment. Lives were lost. Property damage was astronomical. And you trivialize it by making it a joke.

Morrus

May 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

jr

May 4th, 2010
10:55 am

what river was josh chandler swept off.i know of a lady and a child that was swept off and a boat capsized trying to rescue them

deborah smith

June 13th, 2010
5:57 pm

what if a cat 5 huracane was to come in the gulf would it pick up the oil and bring it inland and would the rain have oil in it when it falls back to earth