NARRATOR: Floods took a frightening human toll. Hundreds were killed. Thousands left homeless-- forced to take refuge in tents. The river left no life untouched. Even the lives of children.
Dykeman: "As a matter of fact, the first word I ever said was 'water coming down.' There'd been a little flood on the little stream in front of my house. So I didn't just speak a word, I said 'water coming down.' "