California has earthquakes, and I’ve been through several. Other coastal areas have hurricanes. But landlocked Atlanta is not exempt from natural disasters.
Many Atlantans remember the Flood of 2009. A year ago, the city was hammered by heavy rains that covered up parts of I-285 and the Six Flags theme park. The deluge killed nine people and caused some $250 million damage as well as rendering many people homeless. (Flooding is not covered by standard homeowners insurance.)
Now it’s time to look back. The AJC has a photo slideshow.
Also, the tragic event showed the power of social media. I began my day by live-tweeting updates from local television reports. (Remember, like other mass media, TV fact-checks info before it goes out.) Among those reading were Carol Flammer, Atlanta public-relations business owner, and Andria Krewson, a Charlotte, N.C., journalist with Atlanta ties.
Flammer later had me write a story for her Atlanta Real Estate Forum site about the flood. And Krewson blogged about the coverage. Other flood “tweeters” — Grayson Daughters and Tessa Horehled — explained their efforts with a video. My blog post from last year recaps all this. The video below shows some of the damage at Six Flags.
So the power of nature — and social media — is remembered.