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RESCUE ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE

Issue 1 and Volume 159.

BY ROBERT DUMMETT The Atlanta area had been deluged with rain for more than two weeks, and Hurricane Dennis, now a tropical depression and moving northward into Tennessee and Kentucky, was bringing more with it. The rainfall for June broke an all-time Georgia record; 13 inches were recorded at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. In Douglas and Fulton counties, the Chattahoochee River was 20 feet above flood stage and was threatening to rise further. The raging water was uprooting trees from its banks and carrying them downriver in its 28-knot current. At the Highway 166 Bridge, just outside Douglasville, the water had risen to within four feet of the concrete beams that supported the roadway. At that height, there was little room for the debris being carried down the river to clear the bridge and the fiber-optic telecommunication cables that paralleled it. Just to the south of the bridge, ComCast Cable…

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