Brunswick, GA Cloudburst and Flood, Sept 1892

Brunswick Under Water.

Disastrous Effects Of A Cloudburst Yesterday.

Brunswick, September 27.-[Special]-Brusnswick was visited this morning by a cloudburst and terrific electric storm that damaged $20,000 worth of property, filled Newcastle, Mansfield, Bay, Union, Oglethorpe and Grant streets with water four feet deep, penned citizens in their homes and stores, and threatened to inundate an entire block of three-story brisk stores. Rain has fallen daily, almost hourly, in Brunswick for twenty-two days. Yesterday was clear till midnight, when rain fell in torrents. At 6 o’clock this morning light struck the street car stables, followed by thunder than startled the town. This stroke damaged the stables about $200. The cars started on their runs, and fifteen minutes later lightning struck the Oglethorpe Hotel, damaging the hotel $150. Immediately after this stroke the cloud burst fell, and in ten minutes’ time the streets were a foot deep in water. Rain fell in such torrents, the sky was so dark, the wind so fierce and driving that no one could walk, and every store was closed and locked. Two street cars attempted to get back to the stables, but was floated off the track, and drivers getting the mules loose and landing themselves as best they could. Wagons attempted to come up Newcastle, Brunswick’s principal street, and were floated. Water three feet deep covers McGarvey’s furniture store, damaging the magnificent furniture several thousand dollars. D.T. Dunn’s dry goods store is damaged several hundred dollars worth. The Racket store’s damage is about $1,000. Ludden & Bates’ branch music store was under water two feet. The damage cannot be estimated, but is place by some at several thousand dollars. The manager claims only a small loss. Mr. Rees’ fruit store, $200; Dillon & Wenz, wholesale grain merchants, under water three feet, damaged $3,500; Bronham’s drug store, damaged several hundred. The street car stable, the county jail, city jail, city hall and county court house are under deep water. The street cars are unable to run. The shell boulevard is washed ten feet deep, and the street car tracks are washed up. A lumber yard had lumber drifting away in stacks. The railroad tracks are washed up in the city and the cars overturned. In Hell’s Half Acre, Brunswick’s notorious negro resort, nine bare rooms and several dance halls, barber shops and billiard saloons are under water. The occupants of stores and offices on Newcastle street from Mansfield go to their business in boats or teams. The fire department headquarters is several feet under water and every public office is cut off from approach. In the resident portion of the city water covered the ground one foot deep and in some places ten feet. Families could not leave their homes and water poured through many residences like a river.

Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, GA 28 Sept 1892