By Walter Geiger
It was Independence Day weekend in 1994 when the Tropical Storm Alberto stalled out over central Georgia and dropped an average of 25 inches of rain over a vast area.
On the evening of July 5, 1994, city manager Kenny Roberts told an emergency called meeting of the city council, “The worst has happened. The dam is gone.”
This aerial photograph shows the newly completed dam at the Barnesville city reservoir that replaced the 32-year-old earthen structure that was breeched by floodwaters spawned by Tropical Storm Alberto in 1994. (City of Barnesville)