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Floodwatch flashback

July 7, 2004

Albany-- Early on the morning of July 7th, 1994, rescue crews saved dozens of people in Lee County along the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks.

That water poured into the Flint River and chased thousands of people from their homes in Albany. For hours, rescuers there plucked stranded people from homes and trees. "I seen the police in a boat, and then they came and got me. I was glad to see them," Andrew Holly told us back then just after stepping out of a rescue boat.

Albany Mayor Paul Keenan declared a state of emergency and ordered a curfew. President Clinton declared Dougherty and Sumter Counties federal disaster areas after the Governor, members of Congress, and the FEMA director toured flood damage.

By evening Albany's largest public housing development, Washington Homes, was under water. The Red Cross opened 37 emergency shelters. Thousands of flood victims spent their first night away from homes many of them would never be able to return to.

posted at 9:55 p.m. by ben.roberts@walb.com


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