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Robert Niles
Editor

Six Flags Over Georgia flooded

Published: September 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM

...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:

Replies (33)

66.180.126.82

Published: September 22, 2009 at 12:12 PM

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.
Gareth H

Published: September 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM

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.

Six Flags gave me perfect weather, mostly clear skies, and sweltering heat, similar to Orlando, but then there was this.

Oops. Georgia, I'm sorry. I vow not to darken your mouldy door steps with my presence for a while!

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: September 22, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Gareth, feel free to stop by Southern California next time we have a wildfire. Your watery curses would be welcomed here.
steve lee

Published: September 22, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Everyone needs to update their coaster count. Looks like we now have some water coasters to add...

This looks considerably worse than the last time there was a major flood there...

And to the anonymous poster above - Georgia Cyclone is an amazing coaster with amazingly horrible trains. If they would just do something to improve the trains the ride would have a great boost in ridability.

98.185.254.23

Published: September 22, 2009 at 1:59 PM

How will the wood be affected by the water? I wouldn't want to ride for a while.
68.219.65.202

Published: September 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM

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?
Bob Miller

Published: September 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

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.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

They didn't say what they'd be open for...

"Now, at Six Flags! Mr. Six's 'Pump and Bail." Grab you bucket and join us for all the fun!"

Brandon S

Published: September 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM

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?
68.174.242.87

Published: September 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM

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.
98.80.144.202

Published: September 22, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Snorkle recommended.
Derek Potter

Published: September 22, 2009 at 8:21 PM

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.

Robert's "pump and bail" comment reminds me of a story from old Coney Island. In the early 1900's, Coney suffered a series of bad fires. One in particular was in 1907 at George Tilyou's Steeplechase Park. Most of his park was completely destroyed by the fire, leaving little more than a 25 acre pile of burnt rubble. Ever the showman, George Tilyou put up a sign at his charred front gates that read.

"I have troubles today that I did not have yesterday, I have troubles yesterday that I have not today. On this spot will be erected shortly a bigger, better, greater Steeplechase Park. Admission to the burning ruins...10 cents"

Beth Olliges

Published: September 22, 2009 at 8:32 PM

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!)
Stephen Tuday

Published: September 22, 2009 at 9:25 PM

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!

Last time SFOG flooded this bad (and it was not as bad as this flood) was in 1995, when Hurricane Opal raced inland and dumped torrential rains in the A-T-L... It occurred just before the opening weekend of Fright Fest, but the park managed to open on time, with the exception of the haunted house. That haunted house, not to be confused with the present day Fearman's Manor in the USA section, was located in the current picnic pavilion area and was completely flooded and had to be completely rebuilt. I do not know how the Scream Machine will be dealt with. Sections of the track are submerged this time around.

SFOG is planning on being open this weekend, although a few select rides affected by the flood will remain shut down.

Maybe this is a sign of what's ahead. I would love it if they built a hybrid roller/water coaster. As for Georgia Cyclone, I have heard rumors from park employees that this ride's days may be numbered in favor of another ride. But that is just rumor.

Instead of riding Thunder River, maybe we can ride the 'real' Thunder River this weekend! :+)

71.75.212.39

Published: September 23, 2009 at 6:24 AM

This is why there is Flood Insurance!
70.33.111.10

Published: September 23, 2009 at 6:49 AM

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.
68.216.11.38

Published: September 23, 2009 at 7:39 AM

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!
Bryan Fear

Published: September 23, 2009 at 8:24 AM

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.


....but renting rafts to paddle around the submerged park? Awesome. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity IMHO. Guests will enjoy the approaching "animatronic" alligators.

Gareth H

Published: September 23, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Robert, sure.
Get in touch with Arnie and arrange the flight, will be there in a matter of hours once called upon ;)
68.189.187.30

Published: September 23, 2009 at 9:25 AM

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!
24.49.154.239

Published: September 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM

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!
97.81.112.162

Published: September 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

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!
72.156.190.252

Published: September 23, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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.
66.190.165.141

Published: September 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

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?
Mindbender and Batman(the ride is dry but the queue is currently full of water) have at the least 6 1/2 feet of water and gets deeper as you head to Mindbenders valley, however Gotham city "looks" dry. The hill to Gotham City poses a problem too but their hasn't been any images of that.
Assuming the media's insentive to only capture this part of the park probably means the front half is just dandy. It seems only about 9 or 10 attractions will/might be closed out of 30+ attractions, seems like a reason to open to me.
65.12.173.131

Published: September 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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.
Eli Katzman

Published: September 23, 2009 at 3:36 PM

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:

To the wood coasters, it could REALLY ware down the wood, so it's no where near as safe as they used to be (Although their 2 woodies weren't that safe from roughness BEFORE the flood).
And the steel coasters could suffer from major rust...

Oh, and I never saw any thing on Acraphobia, Superman, or my by far fav coaster there, GOLIATH! Does anyone have any news on that?

But still, I know SFOG got flooded, and it's terrible, but guys, so many people were flushed out of their homes in atlanta, and all around, too.

Oh, and keep this in mind: Ninja and GASM were both over water... so a flood here is kinda expected if there is A LOT of rain...

66.190.165.141

Published: September 23, 2009 at 4:36 PM

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.
matt mornan

Published: September 24, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I see how they left the New Orleans park after a flood. Although I'm sure the ATL park is much more profitable...
174.131.17.80

Published: September 25, 2009 at 7:49 PM

yall cant open six flags unless you wants to go swiming.....yall crazy
72.152.79.37

Published: September 25, 2009 at 8:37 PM

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.
96.19.244.122

Published: September 26, 2009 at 9:03 AM

You are a brave one if you ride any of those roller coasters if they open back up this weekend.
68.209.45.138

Published: September 26, 2009 at 9:17 AM

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.

The entire guest parking lot was flooded, and most of the rides that are along that side of the park. I know how much maintenance used to check some of the rides, and let's just say I wouldn't ride Free Fall. Cyclone and Ninja have gotten to the point where they are too rough to ride (Ninja was flooded; Cyclone wasn't). I knew someone who was wearing earrings while riding Ninja, and their ears were bleeding afterward because of the shoulder pads. With Scream Machine, I have personally seen a guest come back into the station holding the lap bar above their head.

I read on here that Six Flags wants to put up some kind of thing to keep guests out of the recently flooded areas. What they used to do was put up a sign in the path going to that area. They'll probably try to put up caution tape too. Good luck with that...the "barricades" are not going to work unless they pay cops to come and stand in the areas. Even then, people will think that they can get over to those areas to see the damage. I've seen people do it before.

98.88.35.49

Published: September 26, 2009 at 10:48 AM

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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