West Point, GA Flood, Feb 1900

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Several Inches Deep in Gilmer Street. Still Rising.

West Point, Ga., February 13.-(Special.) The high water which has been threatening West Point for the past few days, on account of the excessive rains, has broken from the banks of the Chattahoochee and is now flooding the whole valley in and around the town. The river has been rising steadily for the past few days and on yesterday at noon measured twelve feet four inches above the high water mark. At 8:15 last night another measure was taken and it was seen that the river measured fifteen feet. At 9:15 it was fifteen feet seven inches and at 10:15 it registered sixteen feet two inches, a gain of over a foot in two hours. At 1 o'clock it was seventeen feet one inch and at 6 o'clock this morning eighteen feet four inches. It then rose steadily till 10 o'clock when it registered nineteen feet above the low water mark, a gain of three feet five inches in twelve hours. At 3 o'clock this afternoon another measurement was taken registering the river at twenty-one feet five inches, a rise of nine feet one inch in twenty-seven hours.

It is reported that bridges across the various creeks around here have been washed away.

The trestle on the Chattahoochee Valley railroad, near Longdale, was badly damaged, and the woodwork destroyed. This, however, has been repaired. The trains on this road have, however, had to plough through three feet of water for a distance of several hundred yards just outside of the limits of West Point.

At 6 o'clock tonight the water is several inches deep in the main (Glover) street, with a probability that it will rise a foot more. The water backs up from below the town, flooding first the lower portion of the town, then gradually getting over the higher portion. There has been no loss of life, but loss to property will be considerable.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 14 Feb 1900


At West Point the Waters Have Subsided and



Chattahoochee River Rapidly Fell Yesterday.

West Point, Ga., February 15.-(Special.) The waters of the Chattahoochee river are once more confined to its banks, for the first time since Sunday. To look at the river now it would hardly seem that only two days ago it was nearly a mile wide when today it is confined to a few hundred yards. About a half mile below the city the river spread out for nearly half a mile on either side, but so rapidly has it subsided that it is once more in its natural course.

A peculiar remembrance of the high water was seen today, when at the foot bridge about forty yards from the banks, a bateau was seen hitched to a telephone pole, the chain being tied about four feet from the ground.

The river measured at 6 o'clock this morning fifteen feet seven inches and at 3 this afternoon fourteen feet nine inches above the low water mark, showing the water to have fallen five feet three inches in thirty-six hours.

The Chattahoochee Valley railroad sustained several hundred dollars damages to its roadbed.

The trade of Harris county has been entirely cut off on account of all the bridges over Flat Shoal creek being washed away. A movement is on foot for the merchants to construct a temporary bridge across this creek in order to get the trade from that district.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 16 Feb 1900