ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 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. The rain it brought initially dampened 4th of July fireworks shows, which were canceled. Then, the storm parked over South Georgia and created a 250-mile wide system of torrential downpours. The result was the devastating and historic flood of 1994. Statewide, 31 people died as rivers swelled and burst more than 200 dams.
The natural disaster killed 31 people in Georgia and forced thousands of people, like Mamie Lanier, to evacuate. The flood of '94 is a memory the Newton resident doesn't like to bring up. She remembers the first time she saw her two-story home nearly submerged in floodwater.
"The first thing I did was cry, because it was overwhelming that water could be so destructive. I never knew, you never thought, I never thought of water being as destructive and it is," said Flood Survivor Mamie Lanier.