Floods (HM25MF)

Location: Augusta, GA 30901 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 28.683', W 81° 57.83'

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The Savannah River and its tributaries drain more than 10,000 square miles of an area that receives some of the heaviest rainfall on the continent.

Augusta's location on a low bluff at the Fall Line of the river has made the city particularly susceptible to seasonal flooding throughout its history.

As one example, a flood recorded in January 1796 destroyed several tobacco warehouses and the public wharf. A freshet of more devastating consequence occurred in 1840, when torrents of rising water and floating debris washed away the two bridges over the river.

In 1888 raging waters five to ten feet deep pushed houses off their foundations. Boats were poled through the streets like "gondolas on Venice canals."

Again, in 1908 waters swelled to the first stories of homes. As one elderly resident remembered later, "We jacked up the piano, sent the milk cow to higher ground, and retired to the second floor."
HM NumberHM25MF
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Date Added Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 410449 N 3704701
Decimal Degrees33.47805000, -81.96383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.683', W 81° 57.83'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 40.98" N, 81° 57' 49.8" W
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Area Code(s)706
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 8th St, Augusta GA 30901, US
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