Danny Gilleland/The Macon Telegraph
Flood of '94 completely closed Interstate 16, and very nearly
covered the span of the Spring Street bridge in downtown
Rising from the waters
It is an emblem of
the renewal that arose from the greatest disaster in state history. Built
atop a Jones County hill where American Indians once buried their dead, there
is a $125 million miracle that only a flood could deliver. It
is a water plant, soon to replace the Macon one drowned by the Great Flood of
the flash of a flood two families fell; years later, one emerged
- John Alton Hurley Jr. and Carolyn Hawkins know water has power - a force that
can take away your spouse, your children and your last trace of hope. They
know, too, that it has the power to give those things back. From
disaster a baby was born.
ashore at Destin, Fla., with sustained winds of 60 mph, gusts
to 66 mph, sending thousands of holiday tourists home but
leaving little damage in its wake.
up to 10 inches, are forecast for the Florida panhandle, south
Alabama and Georgia with a chance of tornadoes and flash floods.
Rain drowns out holiday fireworks in several communities as
the storm moves northeast.
July 4, 1994
over south Alabama and south and Middle Georgia, dumping torrents
of rain in a crescent-shaped area. In Atlanta, 50,000 runners
in the annual Peachtree Road Race are soaked. Heavy rains
are forecast for another day, bringing record precipitation.