It happened suddenly at night. There was no electricity; no help was coming. Streets became rivers and houses were drowned by meters of water. A deluge of mud and water swept through the city. People tried to survive by any means. Some sought refuge on their roofs; others scrambled up trees. Rescue services and volunteers flocked in the next day, but it was too late – 171 lives had been claimed by the onslaught. All the people of the city of Krymsk now hope that such a disastrous flood will never happen again.