On December 15, 1999, heavy overnight rain was forecasted for the tip of southwestern Washington. By the next morning, a young family awoke to pounding rain and the sight of a current of water rushing directly towards their home. A nearby river, swollen from the rains, had flowed beyond its banks and broken a local dike. Before they could escape, they were trapped by the rapidly rising water and dangling power lines.
The local sheriff's department attempted a boat rescue, but the current was too strong, and the U.S. Coast Guard was called in. A chopper rescued the parents and infant just before the river engulfed their property. Hear this story from those who lived it, as we talk to the couple who was rescued, as well as Coast Guard and sheriff's department personnel.