For many, Labor Day is the last chance for friends and families to get together for fun in the sun. This summer, there have been dozens of stories that have dominated the headlines here in Augusta, but people are still talking about one thing: All the rain we had this summer.
"I mean, I'm talking about rain, rain, rain," Greg Morris of Augusta says.
"I never thought that it was going to end, so I was like, what is going on with the weather," Jessica Richardson says.
"It was a lot of rain, it flooded. It was just everywhere," Stephanie Profit says.
The month of June saw the most rain, with more than 13 inches of rain falling in Augusta that month. All of that rain caused the Savannah River to rise several feet, which caused flooding problems for the Riverwalk and neighborhoods near the river.
Several people say that Augusta's Riverwalk was the focus in Summer 2013 because of the Savannah River flooding and the attack that took place there in early May.
Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesby were brutally beaten on the Riverwalk. The attack opened up discussion for security improvements along the Riverwalk and in downtown Augusta. While many people in Augusta feel the rain, the flooding and the Riverwalk took the spotlight this summer, city officials feel other wise. Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle says he feels the biggest story of the summer has been the proposed GRU Mills Campus.
"If we could get GRU on board, that is going to change the whole face. And not only will we be able to look at Augusta as the golf capital of the world, but it will be the university capital of the world," he says.
Guilfoyle says the project is in limbo and that talks are still going on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile, the people of Augusta are enjoying the last days of summer. Richardson says her summer has been great.
"It was hot. Very hot. I'm ready
for winter to come right now. But beyond that, I'm here, I'm blessed, I'm
alive, I still got my family and friends," she says.
months of June, July and August, we had above average rainfall in the garden city.
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