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  • Ben's Blog: Looking back at the Flood

    Ben's Blog: Looking back at the Flood

    Sunday, July 20 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-20 22:58:24 GMT
    Most journalists work years before covering the stories of their careers. When the flood of ’94 hit, it was clear right away that it was an historic event. It didn't’t take long for me to realize that, no matter how long or where I may work in this business, I would never cover a more important story.More >>
    Most journalists work years before covering the stories of their careers. When the flood of ’94 hit, it was clear right away that it was an historic event. It didn't’t take long for me to realize that, no matter how long or where I may work in this business, I would never cover a more important story.More >>
  • A look at the flood from Newton

    A look at the flood from Newton

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:34:19 GMT
    Newton resident Mamie Lanier says the flood of 1994 devastated Newton.More >>
    Newton resident Mamie Lanier says the flood of 1994 devastated Newton.More >>
  • Alberto effect present after two decades

    Alberto effect present after two decades

    Twenty years ago, on June 30, a tropical storm warning was issued for parts of Mexico. The storm would become Tropical Storm Alberto, and the beginning of what was the Historic Flood of 1994. People aroundMore >>
    Twenty years ago, on June 30, a tropical storm warning was issued for parts of Mexico. The storm would become Tropical Storm Alberto, and the beginning of what was the Historic Flood of 1994. People around the Flint River today were enjoying the nice weather, but the memories of the summer of 1994 are still fresh in their minds.More >>
  • Prelude to Disaster: Alberto rising

    Prelude to Disaster: Alberto rising

    The weather system that produced Georgia's worst natural disaster was born as Tropical Depression One on June 30. 1994. TD One drifted across the Gulf of Mexico, because of upper level shear.More >>
    The weather system that produced Georgia's worst natural disaster was born as Tropical Depression One on June 30. 1994. TD One drifted across the Gulf of Mexico, because of upper level shear. But those shears died off, and that permitted TD One to strengthen until it became Tropical Storm Alberto, on July 2, 1994.More >>
  • Americus flash flooding was tragic

    Americus flash flooding was tragic

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:00:32 GMT
    The Flood of '94 changed thousands of lives.  31 people died in Georgia. Five here in Albany and 15 in Americus.   20 years ago John Hurley and Carolyn Hawkins lost their families to the Flood. July 5th,More >>
    The Flood of '94 changed thousands of lives.  31 people died in Georgia. Five here in Albany and 15 in Americus.   20 years ago John Hurley and Carolyn Hawkins lost their families to the Flood.More >>
  • Muckalee Creek has massive flooding

    Muckalee Creek has massive flooding

    The Muckalee is usually as still as a farm pond, with little stirring, except the birds and frogs.   But 20 years ago,  it was also terrifying.     "Living in this place is so special," said Ned Newcomb,More >>
    The Muckalee is usually as still as a farm pond, with little stirring, except the birds and frogs.   But 20 years ago,  it was also terrifying.More >>
  • Firefighters rescue Flood Victims

    Firefighters rescue Flood Victims

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:00:33 GMT
    Albany firefighters went door to door warning people to evacuate from flooding neighborhoods. They also rescued hundreds of people trapped inside their homes.      A few firefighters, still on the jobMore >>
    Albany firefighters went door to door warning people to evacuate from flooding neighborhoods. They also rescued hundreds of people trapped inside their homes.  A few of those firefighters still on the job today.More >>
  • Bridges closed, butcher shop merchandise spoils

    Bridges closed, butcher shop merchandise spoils

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    The flood shut down more than 600 bridges statewide.   All the bridges over the Flint in Albany were shut down even to foot traffic on July 7th.      The Broad Avenue Bridge finally reopened to pedestriansMore >>
    The flood shut down more than 600 bridges statewide. Five feet of water filled Hank Vinson's Meathouse on Martin Luther King Drive, causing $300,000 damage to the building, equipment, and stock.More >>
  • Flood waters unearth caskets

    Flood waters unearth caskets

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:00:33 GMT
    What happened at Albany's two historic downtown cemeteries is one of the most enduring and disturbing memories of the flood.   More than 430 caskets came out of the ground at Riverside and Oakview cemeteries.More >>
    What happened at Albany's two historic downtown cemeteries is one of the most enduring and disturbing memories of the flood.   More than 430 caskets came out of the ground at Riverside and Oakview cemeteries.More >>
  • ASU: Unsinkable

    ASU: Unsinkable

    The flood also left the campus of what was then Albany State College underwater.  The school came back stronger than ever. Markers show just how high the water rose during the flood here at Albany State,More >>
    The flood also left the campus of what was then Albany State College underwater.  The school came back stronger than ever. Markers show just how high the water rose during the flood here at Albany State, are daily reminders of how far they've come.More >>
  • Arthur comes in 2014, in 1994 it was Alberto

    Arthur comes in 2014, in 1994 it was Alberto

    As North Carolinians endure a holiday deluge from Tropical Storm Arthur, Georgians remember a wet, windy 4th of July from 20 years ago.   Alberto was the first named tropical storm in 1994.More >>
    As North Carolinians endure a holiday deluge from Tropical Storm Arthur, Georgians remember a wet, windy 4th of July from 20 years ago.More >>
  • Red Cross Flood Shelters became home

    Red Cross Flood Shelters became home

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:00:35 GMT
    The flood chased nearly 25,000 people from their homes in Albany.  An estimated 300 shelters were open around South Georgia, many run by the American Red Cross.       More than 5,000 people stayed inMore >>
    The flood chased nearly 25,000 people from their homes in Albany.  An estimated 300 shelters were open around South Georgia, many run by the American Red Cross.  More than 5,000 people stayed in those shelters, while many more got meals and water from churches and shelters.More >>
  • Radium Springs still shows flood effects

    Radium Springs still shows flood effects

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:00:35 GMT
    The Radium Springs community was one of the hardest hit in the flood of 1994.  Even now, the effects of the flood are visible. "This was what we came back to," says Radium Springs resident Fleta Harden,More >>
    The Radium Springs community was one of the hardest hit in the flood of 1994.  Even now, the effects of the flood are visible. Five feet of water consumed Fleta and Charlie Harden's home on Skywater Boulevard.  It left behind heartbreaking damage.More >>
  • Chehaw Park remembers the flood

    Chehaw Park remembers the flood

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-08 21:53:18 GMT
    Severe damage from the Flood of 1994 forced Chehaw Park to close for 9 months.More >>
    Severe damage from the Flood of 1994 forced Chehaw Park to close for 9 months.More >>
  • 500 year flood dissected Tuesday on WALB

    500 year flood dissected Tuesday on WALB

  • RAW: Video scenes from the Flood

    RAW: Video scenes from the Flood

    WALB recently received a home video of scenes from the 1994 flood that changed the lives of many for years.More >>
    WALB recently received a home video of scenes from the 1994 flood that changed the lives of many for years.More >>
  • PHOTOS: A personal account of the Flood

    PHOTOS: A personal account of the Flood

    Harriett Williams of Americus remembered shared some photos that tell the story of what people encountered during that time.More >>
    Harriett Williams of Americus remembered shared some photos that tell the story of what people encountered during that time.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Flood of '94

    Viewpoint: Flood of '94

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-08 16:57:03 GMT
    As we look back on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 94, we honor the victims who were killed and remember the survivors whose lives were changed forever.The flood was a dark time in Albany's history, yet so much light shone through. More >>
    As we look back on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 94, we honor the victims who were killed and remember the survivors whose lives were changed forever.The flood was a dark time in Albany's history, yet so much light shone through. More >>