Six Flags Over Georgia flooded
...And not by people. By water. Acres of it.
Days of rain have swollen local rivers and streams, leading to flooding in the metro Atlanta area, particularly around Six Flags in Austell. The AP has a photo of
what looks like the Georgia Cyclone The Great American Scream Machine's track (corrected by reader) partially submerged.
Park officials say that Six Flags Over Georgia is preparing to open this weekend. The Atlanta paper has more photos here.
Here's some aerial video:
Thanks for the report. The photo is of "The Great American Scream Machine". I was hoping it would be the "Georgia Cyclone" though. That has to be one of the worst rides in the world.
Less than 2 weeks ago I was there, and I left the curse of Gareth behind. After departing Six Flags, and not one hour from the Florida state line, the rain started, the first rain I'd seen since I'd left Florida earlier in the week.
Gareth, feel free to stop by Southern California next time we have a wildfire. Your watery curses would be welcomed here.
Everyone needs to update their coaster count. Looks like we now have some water coasters to add...
How will the wood be affected by the water? I wouldn't want to ride for a while.
Can't believe Six Flags will try to open this weekend. What about the time for the clean up. Are they really hurting for money?
Sorry to see the flooding at SFOG, I like the park. And as anyone who's been to Knoebels, you can see the posted signs that show the heights of some of their worst floods. It started out as a picnic and swimming area, so there's a large stream that runs right through the park.
They didn't say what they'd be open
I never saw the press release that said that Six Flags Over Georgia was going to do a huge waterpark expansion! So do they hold any sort of record for number of water coasters now?
I don't see how Six Flags Under Water plans on being open this weekend, it's going to take at least a week to clean the park up.
Six Flags is trying to open this weekend? Seems they have some things to take care of before they do that. They could open the flooded park and rent canoes.
Thanks for posting all this info! I caught a brief glimpse of the aerial footage on the evening news, but had entered the room too late to hear what park they were showing. I figured it was probably SFOG, but I appreciate the confirmation! (Knew I'd be able to find the scoop on TPI!)
Bwahahahaha!!! I can't help but laugh at the remarks about 'our new water park!' In fact, our local TV news inserted comments like these into their report!
This is why there is Flood Insurance!
I wouldn't advise Six flags to reopen so soon- water + wooden roller coasters isn't a good combo. They should care about the safety of their costumers and not so much the amount of money they'll be losing by closing for a few days- they'll be better off in the long run.
Personally... I don't see the park opening this Saturday. There is A LOT of water surrounding the rides. I don't think it would be safe... let alone sanitary. Think of all the food places that are underwater... YUCK!! The article states they will close off the area around some of the rides... I am so sure (sarcasm) that will work - considering people hop fences to go after their hats & cell phones they are told not to take on rides. I would suggest that the park NOT open. Take this time to throughly clean up and retrain the staff. That would improve sales greatly!
They expect to open this weekend? How? A previous comment joked about it being a water park and it ain't far off. Maybe they'll rent inflatable rafts at the entry to the park? None of those coasters ( or anything else run by electricity ) should be running until the water level drops and the wooden support beams dry out. ...even then, the water damage would make the integrity of the ride dubious.
i think they sound money hungry and thats why they are pushing to open this weekend. There was a planned company outing for my daughters family. Wouldnt want to dissapoint now would we?...yeah, right so lets just say we be open and everything be not running. They would come out better looking inthe long run for having shut the doors for a week or two for a good check and cleanup. I'd be scared to ride ANYTHING,makes me wonder if they do regular ride maintenance and check. ALSO, its suppose to rain SAT and SUN is it not? Yeah, Carowinds is sounding better all the time! Thanks for caring more about customer safety Six Flags!
what is this going to do to the safety of these amusement rides??? Will the park be ok??? I think this is the worst ever! Think of all the money that now has to be spent to make sure things are safe. Well I guess ticket prices will go up again!
Only certain sections of the park look to be underwater. the Scream Machine is on a plot of land that is at a very low elevation with a small lake. Most of the park should be high and (relatively) dry, PARTICULARLY the parts with the more popular rides. I could be wrong, since I haven't been down there to see it yet myself, but the heavy flood damage should be isolated to certain areas of the park. I doubt they'll open the Scream Machine OR suffer much for its temporary closure. Everyone's there to ride Goliath anyway!
In the helicopter footage on youtube you cand see that the scream machine and the batman and several whole areas of buildings are completely submerged. It didnt look too isolated.
From what's been shown, the "west" parking lot is submerged to the cotton states area of the park, check a map if you have one. Leaving all rides in Lickenskillet closed. There is also a bridge to get to the back section of the park without having to go into the flooded area, I wonder was this ever predicited?
the scream machine is about 50-100 ft away from the chattahoochie river. the ninja (the red one next to scream machine), batman, mind mender (hard to see, but next to the right of batman, possibly the scorcher(not seen in video but in a very low spot), tomastown and thunder river(and maybe the rest of likskillet)and of corse the scream machine are likely to be closed. the rest of gotham city, will likely be open because in the video you can see the circle with the Batmobile and the crime wave above water.
Yeah, this is bad news. For people who were wondering how the rides will get hurt, well here is my answer, or at least what I expect what the water did to them:
I just saw on the news that they are working on the parking lot which seems to only have standing water on the ground. Of course with our lovely Georgia clay the lot is now covered in a rusty orange-red goup. Superman is on an extremely high hill I doubt it got much damage other than a good beat down from the down pour. Sadly, more rain seems to be coming back into the area.
I see how they left the New Orleans park after a flood. Although I'm sure the ATL park is much more profitable...
yall cant open six flags unless you wants to go swiming.....yall crazy
I'm from Georgia. I'm about ten minutes away from Six Flags. The flooding and rain didn't do damage from what I see around my house, this is terrible. The Scream Machine was one of my favorite rides and it's almost flooded to the top. Six Flags wants to open next weekend for the Military Stuff, I think. Then it's Fright Feast.
You are a brave one if you ride any of those roller coasters if they open back up this weekend.
I used to work at Six Flags, but I never had to deal with any flooding like this. My ride was in the area that was flooded (the "skydiving" ride in the middle of Scream Machine). I don't agree with Six Flags trying to open the park this weekend, but they're thinking about money. Remember, they just recently filed for bankruptcy.
My concern with them attempting to open today is the fact that judging where the standing water is from the pictures and knowing where the ticket lines are...I hope they all remember to bring their floats instead of sitting on those stools all day. Also, will they be selling the tickets half price since you can only use about half the park?
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