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On rolling hills overlooking Oakland, California, thousands of expensive homes were crowded into a lush urban forest. The only way in or out of this little paradise was a series of steep, narrow, winding roads. The signs of an impending catastrophe loomed large. Most of the homes in this area were built with wood frames and untreated wood-shingled roofs.
The night of October 16, 1998 will long be remembered as one of the worst nights of flooding in Texas history. When the rescue team sent to warn residents of the rising creeks and rivers is stranded by rushing waters, Edwin Baker and his Emergency Rescue Team, employing inflatable Zodiac boats and helicopters, are sent in.
Sunday night, August 17, 1969, one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in the United States struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast with devastating results. Hurricane warnings were all over the television and radio stations, and it was strongly suggested by news anchors that people evacuate. A group of friends decided to remain and have a "hurricane party" at the Richelieu Apartments.
The Sunshine Mine, near Kellogg, Idaho became the setting of one of the worst hard-rock mining disasters of the 20th Century. Dubbed a "hot mine" due to its extreme temperatures of over 100 degrees in the tunnels, the very dry mine caught fire one morning, and began circulating deadly smoke and carbon monoxide gas through the tunnels where almost 200 men were working.
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- Premiered: February 6, 2003
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: Medical emergencies, accidents and natural disasters are chronicled.