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20 years later, 'The Flood' remains with us

Bobby Moore will never forget the flood of 1994 Bobby Moore will never forget the flood of 1994
The low-lying areas of Albany were under water The low-lying areas of Albany were under water
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

While we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of the flood of 1994, for some residents it feels like yesterday.  The Radium Springs Neighborhood Association is hosting a meeting dedicated to remembering the flood and how folks came together to overcome disaster.     

Bobby Moore stands in his front yard on Poinciana Avenue in South Albany and vividly remembers this same spot that became the meeting point for him and his neighbors during the flood of 1994.

"Still brings back the memories every time I come out here," Moore said. "All of us would gather here and this is where the cooking would be done."    

When the flood hit, Moore lived two doors down, and was one of seven people who decided not to evacuate.   "It was seven days we stayed in here, where we couldn't get out. We were surrounded by water."    

Moore says many people left everything behind, leaving those who stayed the responsibility of looking after animals and homes. "We had families that had dogs and their puppies and we would had to feed all of them. And they'd call in, go to my house and get in the freezer we have all kinds of food, get whatever you need to eat. So we ate good."     

Now, 20 years later, Moore can still recall every moment of what he calls the scariest time in his life. "I can't believe it's been 20 years. I can see Ben Roberts right now, right now! Like it was only yesterday. Because I still remember it like it was only yesterday."    

And the Radium Springs neighborhood, which has grown even stronger is now meeting to remember a natural disaster that forever changed their community.

"Many of us didn't know our neighbors before the flood," said Nancy Barclay.  "And during the flood you had people coming together and helping each other and letting people know what was going on with their homes."    

And their bond grew even more as their survival efforts turned to clean up.  The meeting is open to the public tonight.   It's from seven to 8:30 at the Episcopal Church of St. John and St. Mark.

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