|By Carlton Fletcher, The Albany Herald, Ga.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Albany & Southwest Georgia Flood of '94 Gallery
These are images from the Flood of 1994, the worst natural disaster to strike
Loss of homes. Loss of farmland. Loss of livelihood. Loss of serenity. Even loss of life.
Go here to see the 20th anniversary special section on the Flood of 1994.
The community put aside differences of religion, differences of socioeconomic status and even differences of race for an unforgettable but regrettably short-lived period after the flood waters receded. The impact of the loss suffered at the hands of the Flood of '94, however, is still being felt two decades later.
Large swaths of prime real estate in the heart of downtown
Whole neighborhoods are gone, denying generations stable roots, a vital component of family history, and forcing whole families into nomadic existences that, for some, persist 20 years removed from the devastation.
"There are areas of this city that are never coming back," said
"It's been 20 years since that flood, but the magnitude -- the impact it had on this community -- is still being felt today. Folks who were born and raised here couldn't believe this was happening to them; it was like reading a fairy-tale story. Folks scattered, and many of them didn't come back. A lot of those who did are still having flashbacks."
"The results of the Flood of '94 were horrifying, there's no denying that,"