ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The flood chased nearly 25,000 people from their homes in Albany. An estimated 300 shelters were open around South Georgia, many run by the American Red Cross.
More than 5,000 people stayed in those shelters, while many more got meals and water from churches and shelters.
"So we provided immediate relief for the people who were victims of the flood. And then we had a long term effort in effect to help the people cope and be able to clean up," said American Red Cross Flint River Chapter President, Lara Gill.
The American Red Cross handed out thousands of buckets filled with cleaning supplies in the weeks after the flood, so people could start putting their homes and lives back together.