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The Courys: 'God's Hand Was There'

They were trapped in the flood that ravaged Nashville. See their dramatic rescue and witness how prayer helped them stay afloat. Read Transcript


ON MAY 1, 2010, THE CITIZENS

OF NASHVILLE TENNESSEE BRACED

THEMSELVES FOR FLOODING.

JOHN AND COLLEEN COREY CHECKED

THEIR PANTRY AND THEY THOUGHT

THEY WEREN'T PREPARED THE

STORM, THEY RUSHED BY TO A

NEARBY GROCERY STORE WITH THEIR

SON CLAY.

ON THE WAY BACK, WE

ENCOUNTERED ABOUT 10 TO 15

INCHES OF WATER.

IT SURGED FROM 8 CINCHES TO

A MATTER OF 15 FEET IN A MATTER

OF MINUTES.

IT WAS AN IMMEDIATE SURGE OF

WATER.

AT THAT POINT, I ROLLED THE

WINDOW DOWN AND I TOLD MY WIFE

AND MY SON TO GET OUT AND GET

ON THE HOOD.

I PULLED THEM OUT AND I GOT ON

THE HOOD MYSELF.

I KNEW I HAD TIME TO USE MY

CELL PHONE ONE TIME AND TO MAKE

ONE CALL, AND I'M MY MOTHER'S

ONLY CHILD AND I KNEW I HAD TO

TELL HER ONE LAST TIME THAT I

LOVED HER IF WE DIDN'T MAKE IT.

MY MOTHER SAID WHEN SHE GOT THE

CALL FOR ME THAT SHE

IMMEDIATELY CALLED PEOPLE IN

OUR CHURCH TO PRAY, ALL I

THOUGHT OF WAS THE POWER OF

PRAYER FM.

THE SECOND SURGE NAMED THE

VEHICLE.

THAT SECOND SURGE THREW ME

AGAINST THE VEHICLE, AND I

SAID, I LOVE YOU, STAY WITH THE

THE VEHICLE.

I LITERAL WATCHED THAT

VEHICLE SUCKED HIM UNDER THE

WATER, HE DISAPPEARED, AS CLAY

AND I WERE SITTING ON TOP OF

THAT CHEVY TRAIL BLAZER, I

THOUGHT, I JUST BECAME A WIDOW

AT THE AGE OF 41, I DIDN'T

THINK MY HUSBAND COULD SURVIVE

THAT.

MY SON SAID THE PRAYERS OVER

AND OVER AGAIN.

I SAID A PRAYER ON THE TOP

OF THE CAR, ON THE HOOD OF THE

CAR AND I KEPT ON PRAYING THE

WHOLE TIME BECAUSE I KNEW IF I

PRAYED, THEN HE MIGHT -- WE'D

HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING

OUT.

IT WAS MAYBE A MINUTE LATER

THAT I HEARD MY HUSBAND

SCREAMING OUR NAMES, I TURNED

TO THE RIGHT AND I SAW JOE'S

HEAD JUST ABOVE AND THIS BROWN

HORRIBLE WATER.

HE COULD SEE THAT THE WATER

COULD SOON OVERTAKE THE TRAIL

BLAZER.

THE CURRENT KEPT GETTING

STRONGER AND KEPT RISING.

SEEING THE FEAR IN HIS FEAR

AND HE KEPT SAYING TO ME, I

KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE OKAY, I

KNOW CLAY AND YOU AREN'T GOING

TO BE ABLE TO HOLD ANY LONGER,

A SUCTION PULLED THAT VEHICLE

AND IT DISAPPEARED AND IT WAS A

MATTER OF TWO SECONDS AND IT

WAS GONE.

COLLEEN AND CLAY JUMPED OFF

OF THE CAR.

HE HAD ONE CHANCE TO GET ME,

TO RESCUE ME, HE PULLED ME OUT

OF THAT WATER WITH ONE ARM AND

THREW ME ON THIS BRANCH ABOVE

HIS HEAD AND AT THAT SPLIT

SECOND, I TURNED MY HEAD TO

CHECK AND SEE WHERE MY SON WAS

AND MY SON HAD DISAPPEARED.

CLAY WAS GONE, AND ALL I COULD

THINK OF WAS HE WAS UNDER THAT

WATER.

THAT'S THE POINT I THOUGHT

I'M GOING THE DIE.

AND THEN I LOOKED OUT AND I

SAW HIM, HIS FACE WAS JUST

UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE WATER

AND HIS HAND WAS UP AND I

REACHED UP AND GRABBED HIM AND

THREW HIM ABOVE ME.

AFTER FIGHTING THE WATER

FOR ALMOST AN HOUR, THEY SAW

EMS WORKERS THAT WERE COMING

TOWARDS THEM.

I'VE GROWN UP ON THE WATER

AND I NEVER SAW WATER THIS

ROUGH.

I REMEMBER THINKING, GOD,

GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH TO GET

TO US.

HE SAID, WE HAVE SECOND,

THIS BOAT ISN'T GOING TO LAST

MUCH LONGER.

THEY ALL GOT THEIR LIFE

JACKETS AND BROUGHT IN, AFTER

THE RESCUE, 18 MEN ON SHORE

REAPED THEM IN.

I REMEMBER SAYING THE LORD'S

PRAYER OVER AND OVER AGAIN AS

HE WAS CLINGING ON TO THE SIDES.

PRAYER IS POWERFUL AND

WHATEVER YOU'RE GOING THROUGH,

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT IT IS,

GOD CAN HELP YOU GO THROUGH IT

AS LONG AS YOU ASK FOR HIS HELP.

GOD'S HAND WAS THERE WITH US

THAT ENTIRE TIME AND IT'S AN

INCREDIBLE FEELING TO

EXPERIENCE THAT KIND OF LOVE.

WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT,

GOD IS THERE, WITHOUT A SHADOW

OF A DOUBT, HE CARES ABOUT HIS

CHILDREN.

IT WAS DIVINE INTERVENTION

AT ALL POINTS IN TIME AND I CAN

TELL YOU, THAT DAY IN THAT

WATER, THOSE PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

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