The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?

The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? is a 1993 American television film, starring Joe Spano, David Lascher and Michael A. Goorjian.[2] It was directed by Chris Thomson and written by Donna Kanter and David J. Kinghorn. The movie is based on a real event that occurred in July 17, 1987.[3] In that day 43 people were taken by a flash flood in the Guadalupe River near the city of Comfort.[4] It was the worst flood of the Guadalupe River since 1932.[5] Ten people died, including a teenager who fell from a helicopter while being rescued as the rope broke. The flow was so strong that the bus and the van where the people were found far below in the river. Of the ten fatalities, one body was never found. This young man was awarded Young American Medals for Bravery and Service by President George H. W. Bush in 1989.[6]

The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?
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Release poster
Directed byChris Thomson
Produced byDonna Kanter
Darryl Sheen (Line Producer)
Written byDonna Kanter and David J. Kinghorn (Story)
David J. Kinghorn (Teleplay)
Music byGarry McDonald
Laurie Stone
CinematographyBarry M. Wilson
Edited byTrevor Jolly
Philip Watts
Distributed byNBC
Release date
  • October 10, 1993 (1993-10-10)
(United States)[1]
Running time
96 min.


In the city of Comfort, Texas, a Baptist community organizes a summer camp with young people from all over the USA. On the way back from the camp, the convoy of vehicles carrying the participants is surprised by a Flash flood when crossing the river Guadalupe, near the city of San Antonio. A bus and a van lie in the middle of the river. The young are forced to hurry out of these two vehicles, and are swept away by the current. In the midst of chaos, the young have to fight to survive, while the rescue teams struggle against time to save them. Even a TV helicopter is employed in the rescue. Although most of the children are rescued, the emotional effects of the uncertainty and deaths on the survivors, rescuers and families is a key part of the character development of the film. The film ends at a memorial service held at the site of the incident.



  1. ^ Voros, Drew (October 8, 1993). "The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "River of Rage: The Texas Flood Tragedy". Official Website of Producer David L. Wolper. David L. Wolper. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ Heffley, Lynne (October 9, 1993). "TV Reviews: True-Life 'Flood' Gets High Marks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Dowell, Rosemarie. "Lake pastor recalls 1987 flood that killed 10 youths from Texas church". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Bus, Van Swept Into River; Two Dead, 9 Are Missing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Remarks at the Presentation Ceremony for the Young American Medals for Bravery and Service". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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