Kirill Ovchinnikov for Russian R
Mikhail Nikanorovitch: A<< My wife, Antonina Gavrilovna, drowned. She woke me up at 3.10 a.m. asking to rescue our TV set as the water was filling the house. I looked around a the water was already waist-high. We couldnat go out as the door was jammed. So we stood on the tables till the water came up to our chin. aWe are going to diea, - I told my wife and decided to grab the coach floating around and swam back to her. When I reached my wife, she had already chokeda| There were only 10 cm left to the ceiling. I stood like this till morninga| The horologe stopped at 4.28 a.m. 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.