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Trapped in the Attic With Time Running Out

Imagine six feet of water in your house! This Florida family went to bed during a thunderstorm, and woke up to a raging flood. The only escape was the attic. Find out why they’re thankful for friends like you. Read Transcript


IT STARTED RAINING, AND

IT STARTED RAINING HARD.

WE DIDN'T THINK NOTHING ELSE

OF IT, OTHER THAN IT WAS A

THUNDERSTORM.

Reporter: JOHN AND

BARBARA AND THEIR TWO SONS

LIVED IN THEIR PENSACOLA

HOME FOR MORE THAN EIGHT

YEARS.

THEY EXPERIENCED PLENTY OF

THUNDERSTORMS AT THAT TIME,

BUT FELT SAFE KNOWING THEIR

HOME WAS IN AN AREA THAT

NEVER FLOODED.

THIS TIME, HOWEVER, THE RAIN

KEPT POURING DOWN, AND SOON

WATER WAS SEEPING INTO THEIR

HOME, GETTING DEEPER AND

DEEPER.

I TURNED AROUND, AND FIVE

MINUTES LATER, IT WAS THREE

FOOT.

PROBABLY ABOUT FIVE MORE

MINUTES LATER, IT WAS ABOUT

SIX FOOT.

I STARTRD TO PANIC.

IT WAS TERRIFYING.

Reporter: WITH SIX FEET

OF WATER IN THEIR HOME AND

MORE COMING IN, JOHN LED HIS

FAMILY INTO THE ATTIC.

WE WENT UP IN THE ATTIC,

AND I SAW ALL OF THE

INSULATION, AND I HAVE

ASTHMA.

I WAS, LIKE, JOHN, I CAN'T

STAY UP HERE, I HAVE

ASTHMA.

AND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

WHEN THE WATER RISES?

WE CAN'T GET OUT.

I TOLD MY WIFE, WHEN WE

GOT UP THERE -- SHE WAS

AFRAID WE WERE GOING TO

DROWN.

I SAID, I GOT YOU UP HERE

AND I'LL GET YOU OUT OF

HERE.

Reporter: SOON AFTER

BREAKING OUT OF THE ROOF,

THE NICKELS WERE RESCUED BY

BOAT.

NOTHING COULD HAVE PREPARED

THEM FOR WHAT THEY SAW THE

NEXT DAY.

IT IS A DISASTER AREA.

IT LOOKS LIKE A WAR ZONE.

WE LOST EVERYTHING.

WHEN THE WATER WAS COMING

THROUGH AND THE CURRENT WAS

SO STRONG, IT JUST TOOK

EVERYTHING OUT OF THE

HOUSE.

WE HAVE NOTHING.

Reporter: WITH NO FLOOD

INSURANCE AND NO EXTRA MONEY

TO PAY FOR HELP, THE NICHOLS

GOT TO WORK, TRYING TO

SALVAGE THEIR HOUSE AND

PERSONAL BELONGINGS.

AFTER TWO LONG DAYS, THEY

WERE EXHAUSTED AND NOWHERE

NEAR FINISHED.

IT WAS JUST MORE THAN WE

COULD HANDLED.

WE WERE ABSOLUTELY

EXHAUSTED.

TWO THE POINT I DON'T KNOW

IF WE COULD HAVE WENT

ANOTHER DAY.

Reporter: THAT'S WHEN

"OPERATION BLESSING" ARRIVED

WITH A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS TO

HELP THE NICHOLS TEAR OF

THEIR DRYWALL, CLEAN UP

THEIR HOME, AND REPAIR THE

HOLE IN THEIR ROOF, ALL FREE

OF CHARGE.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN SUCH A HELP TO US.

WE WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP.

WE WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP IF IT

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN FOR THEIR

HELP.

FOR THEM TO COME OUT HERE

AND HELP US.

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