This Rogers family photo –- the last one ever taken -- was at a relative’s wedding Aug. 30, 2003. That night, Melissa and the four children died in a flash flood on their way home. The picture was salvaged from the camera that survived the flood.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Robert Rogers was a dead man.
Rogers, his wife, Melissa, and their four young children were in their minivan on their way home from a wedding when the unthinkable happened. A flash flood swept away the van -– and everyone in it perished except Robert.
“We and about seven other cars splashed into the middle of this ‘river’ in the middle of the freeway,” Rogers, 38, recalled, looking back at that dark, rainy night on the Kansas Turnpike in August 2003. They were on their way home, driving from Wichita, Kan., to Liberty, Mo. “The water was about 1,000 feet wide, and we could see the water rising and seeping into our van.”