ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Even 20 years after the Flood of 1994, some residents of Southwest Georgia would rather not bring up the memories of that fateful July, when the lives of so many changed over a few days.
Harriett Williams of Americus remembered what it was like, and shared some photos that tell the story of what people encountered during that time.
The first is a view of a radio station from Highway 30 in Americus. Water surrounds the building, nearly a foot up the front door to the building. Satellite dishes are seen submerged in the water, pulled from their post by currents.
The second photo is a muddy scene of water and broken roadway in Drayton, which is in Dooly County. Large sections of asphalt have been washed away by flood waters, revealing a muddy mess in a residential area.
The third is a view of the entrance to Georgia Veterans State Park in Crisp County. The two-lane road seems to disappear under the murky water, which is visible as far as the eye can see. Railroad crossing posts reveal that there are train tracks somewhere beneath the water. Meanwhile, a couple of boats float in the water to the left of the roadway, as transportation between one area had become much more complicated.
Fourth is a dramatic view of Highway 19 in Americus, as floodwaters had washed away a large part of the roadway. A river of flood waters stood between residents on each side. Families and even kids stood near the sides of the road to see the water rushing by. From the side, feet of earth are shown exposed from the water damage.