Six Flags Over Georgia plans to open Saturday after flooding

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:55 AM | Contributed by kevin38

While officials still need to wait for any flooding to recede, workers at Six Flags Over Georgia are gearing up to open Saturday, one weekend before the annual Fright Fest Halloween festivities. Video shows portions of the park under water.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and see video of the park on ABC News.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:42 PM

Well this sucks.

I have a trip planned to the park on sat. I have tried calling, and looking on there website, but there is no answer as to what is going to happen with the park this weekend.They are not answering there phone, and there is no recording eather.

I would like to know weather they are going to be open or not. I kind of need to know so I can cancel my hotel if I need to.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:43 PM

They are using video photage showing the park flooded a lot on the news right now. I don't know, they might be able to pull a "quick clean-up" off but things are really bad in that area which seems to have received the brunt of all the flooding.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:52 PM

Didn't it flood just a few years ago? Sounds like they need to build the park on stilts.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:15 PM

It's not just the park you have to worry about. If there are roads closed due to flooding and debris, you may not be able to get to the park even if it gets cleaned up. Just saying, there may be some circumstances beyond the park's control, which is why they can't say for sure whether or not they'll be open.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:26 PM

That's totaly understandable.

Problem is, I can't get ahold of anybody to ask.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:38 PM

Thats because they're all cleaning up right now. ;)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:41 PM

As of today, which the article was released on, the park states they plan to open on Saturday. I don't think your going to get anymore than that at this time.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:21 PM

I think we can assume Ninja and scream machine will not reopen this year.Both have water above the motors and lift chains.The upcharge skycoaster is in the same area but the motor for that is high on the pole (the control panel maybe under water) The only other low spot I can think of is under the train bridge going to batman area.If that has not drained by friday i guess they could pump it out.Batman and Mindbender seem to still have dry lifthills but some sensors could be flooded since parts of both tracks are under water.

Kevin38

Last edited by kevin38, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:30 PM
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:07 PM

I ended up having to call the home office in New York.

They said that the park has no power, and that has coused the phones to get knocked out. They also said that the park should be open this weekend, and that they are going to update the website in about 10 min.

That was at 3pm. Still no update.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:47 PM

I'd think getting *to* the park, or even your hotel, would be the more immediate problem...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 6:23 PM

Naaaa....

Hotel is off of I-75.

Just need to know if I should cancel in time so I don't get charged.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:05 PM

Even if they do open most of the rides will probably not from the news vids alot of the rides look to be under water and can't be just dried off and turned back on. Some of the rides motors and sensors will need to be replaced, sections of track may need to be replaced on the wooden coaster that's sitting under muddy water.

Then on top of that the news was also showing some roads completely ripped apart so you may not even be able to get to the park.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:27 PM

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/09/22/six-flags-flooded-in-atlanta-videos-on-youtube

New video of the park.

Ironicly, the water park is the only dry section right now.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:50 PM

The park gets flooded every time they open the flood gate on the Chatahoochee. They usual get a couple hours notice so they get prepared for it. As far as I know all the lift motors and such are mounted up high so they don't get flooded. The water will recede in a day or too and they'll be cleaning up what they can.
The Villain at Geauga lake was designed for SfoG which is why the loading station was so high to keep it dry. It was going to be where they put Deja Vu along the parking lot.
I have doubts they'll have everything ready for saturday but most of the park didn't flood anyway.

Last edited by Bartman2, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:52 PM
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:06 PM

That's pretty insane. I didn't realize the rains did so much damage around that area. :(

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:45 PM

This is nothing new for that park. I have seen pics in the past of Scream Machine being underwater. You can see the river right next to it.

Man, that water flooding the Mindbender and Batman coasters looks freakin nasty!!!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:23 PM

I am not too familiar with the wood used on wooden coasters, but wouldn't they have to check/replace all of that wood that is underwater?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:34 PM

They would check it of course, but I don't think they would have to replace it. It is pressure treated wood with several layers of paint on it.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:05 PM

Chitown said:
This is nothing new for that park. I have seen pics in the past of Scream Machine being underwater. You can see the river right next to it.

This one is a bit worse than usual but flooding happens almost every year in the off season because of the Chattahoochee next door. Ninja, GASM, the second part of Mindbender are used to spending time in the water.

Since they're dealing with mother nature you're not going to get a solid answer from people that are waiting on flood waters to recede. While they intend to open if the can, they probably won't really know until Friday night or even Saturday morning. It's Wed. and according to reports the water is just started to recede.

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