Waterville USA flooded by Ivan

Thursday, September 16, 2004 11:52 AM
No links yet, but I just saw a clip on the news showing Watervilla USA in Alabama under several feet of water due to Hurricane Ivan. They have a wooden coaster there which could be seen in the background; the water level was about halfway up some of the buildings.

There were no reported injuries in the area, but it's not over yet. I hope the park and other parks, people, and properties in the effected area do not suffer too much damage.

Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:11 PM
Cannonball Run was damaged...

EDIT -- see below for the real reason CCI no longer claims this coaster on their website.


*** Edited 9/16/2004 10:38:36 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:12 PM
That, my friends, is the very definition of irony.
Thursday, September 16, 2004 1:26 PM
No, this is the definition of irony ;)

Main Entry: iro┬Ěny
Pronunciation: 'I-r&-nE also 'I(-&)r-nE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -nies
Etymology: Latin ironia, from Greek eirOnia, from eirOn dissembler
1 : a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other's false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning -- called also Socratic irony
2 a : the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b : a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony c : an ironic expression or utterance
3 a (1) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play -- called also dramatic irony, tragic irony
synonym see WIT

Thursday, September 16, 2004 1:41 PM
And that is the definition of "smartass." ;)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 1:49 PM
....and THIS is the picture they put in the dictionary...;)


Thursday, September 16, 2004 1:57 PM
No, that pic is the definition of ucking fugly ;)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 2:09 PM
Another thread goes way off the point, can we please stick to constructiive comments.
Thursday, September 16, 2004 3:46 PM
In America, wall studs should be placed on 16" centers.
Thursday, September 16, 2004 5:04 PM
LOL Maddie!
Thursday, September 16, 2004 5:17 PM
Sheetrock panels suck. Time to bring back REAL plaster walls!
Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:00 PM

Mamoosh said:
Cannonball Run was damaged by a moderate hurricane a few years back. IIRC the top of the lift collapsed. There was some kind of trouble between the park and CCI because it didn't withstand the winds -- litigation, perhaps -- which is why CCI doesn't claim this coaster on its website.

Im pretty sure that didn't happen due to a storm or hurricane, The way I understand it, The lifthill just split intwo for no aparent reason and both the park and CCI were in court pointing fingers at each other.

Chuck, who could be wrong but has a pretty reliable source who's never lied to me about anything.

Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:05 PM
You could be right, Chuck! Remember I was the one sure Hydra didn't have a prelift inversion.


Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:13 PM
or, you could get plastered while placing the sheetrock on the wall...
Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:20 PM
I think think the picture is pretty STUDly...
Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:28 PM
Wow...a pun *and* a compliment...sweet ;)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:32 PM
mOOSH, from what I know, the lift "split" because the park kept stopping trains up there. Hence the reason CCI fought it (not normal operation, etc).

Again, that's just what I remember! But I'm usually right, right? ;)


Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:34 PM
Makes sense!

mOO "It's an S-curve" SH

Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:35 PM
Chuck, Matt,

I was told at one time that the park employees were starting and stopping the lift motor abruptly as the train was engaging the lift chain (or something along those lines). Anyways, this causes undo stress on the drive sytem and chainwheel at the top of the lift. If that was the case, the park was to blame for the lift hill splitting in two. I know from running the Dipper at Geauga Lake that we weren't supposed to stop the train as it engaged the lift as it could jam and cause the same problem. We had to wait until the train was on the chain completely before stopping it (according to the operations manual Big Dipper/1980).

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edit: Darnit Joe... you beat me to it! :) *** Edited 9/16/2004 11:49:39 PM UTC by Thrillerman***

Thursday, September 16, 2004 7:42 PM
I also heard that the local zoo flooded in Gulf Shores. The only animals that weren't evacuated before Ivan were the deer and the gators. Now, they have all escaped and the gators are on the loose. I heard one of them was shot and killed. Sounds like a horror movie!

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