Two tropical storms converged over the area on Oct. 12, 1990, bringing 15 inches of rain. Four people died, and the four-county region was declared a national disaster area.
Since then, flood mitigation projects, updated flood maps and stricter development laws have reduced flood risk, but officials say if a storm of similar proportions were to hit today, residents would not fare much better than they did two decades ago.
See the Augusta Chronicle on Sunday for information on areas that are at risk, and why even those outside federal flood zones might need insurance.
View a galleryof more than 40 photos of the 1990 flood.