Kirill Ovchinnikov for Russian R
Valentina Ivanovna, 82: aI have nothing to fear for, tell people the truth, how we were drowneda|a Lagernaya street. In the middle of the night of July 7 the small town of Krymsk was struck by a huge wave of water descending from the surrounding mountains. The flood hit the city around 2 a.m. when most residents were asleep. The flood wave reached the height of 7 m (23 ft), submerging many houses to the ceiling and drowning those who could not escape in time. The floods claimed the lives of 171 people. The town of Krymsk was devastated.