Coming Sunday: Are you at risk for flooding?

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Nineteen years ago, the Augusta area experienced a flood similar to the one that struck Atlanta last month.

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 gallery

of more than 40 photos of the 1990 flood.

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Bryt
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Bryt 10/10/09 - 03:13 pm
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All I remember is that my

All I remember is that my 11th birthday party was almost canceled due to the flooding.... quite an experience.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/10/09 - 11:40 pm
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There was only one safe way

There was only one safe way in and out of our property, someone had blocked off the other road, leaving a road with a tiny wooden, rail-less bridge over a pond and one tree-lined road that dipped through a swampy area and I was going to give birth at any time while a high-risk, on bed rest pregnancy. I was trying very hard to not panic with all the news of flooding.

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