Hell and High Water

Freakish rains flood three Southern states, leaving damage that Georgians compare to Sherman's march

Only 14 hours after arriving home from his trip to Europe last week, President Clinton donned a pink shirt, khakis and cowboy boots to survey the epic flood that has devastated a vast section of Georgia and the Florida- Alabama panhandle. As his DC-9 descended through the clouds to the airport in Albany, Georgia, the President stared at the muddy waters of the Flint River cascading through the city streets below, washing over the roofs of stores, houses and churches. Even before stopping at a disaster-relief center, Clinton had pledged $60 million in federal disaster aid to help the three states...

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