ASU: Unsinkable

ASU: Unsinkable
Lillian Dixon
Lillian Dixon

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 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.

The floodwaters destroyed nearly every building on campus.  The library, which was spared, became the hub for every department.

About 200 trailers were set up as temporary offices and classrooms.

Custodian Department Lead supervisor Lillian Dixon says students, faculty, staff and volunteers all came together to rebuild the school.

"We built this place back. And how much elbow grease it took washing down stuff. But we did it with pride. And now I can say this is MY Albany State," she said.

Dixon says the staff was told the school would close and merge with another college.  But she says then president, Dr. Billy Black, was determined to keep the campus open.

Despite the damage, the college opened a few weeks later for summer school.   Many neighborhoods that flooded in 1994 were home to schools. Seven schools in the Dougherty County School System were damaged.  Four had to be torn down and rebuilt after sitting under feet of water for a week.

We'll have more on the school's recovery tonight at 11:00.

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