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Hurricane Floods Coca-Cola Facility

A hurricane strikes Mobile, flooding the Coca-Cola Bottling Company on Water Street that Walter Bellingrath had started only two years earlier. At that time, no radar warning systems of impending hurricanes existed. Instead, the local weather bureau raised a storm flag when their instruments indicated bad weather was ahead. The roof of Mr. Bellingrath’s plant was partially destroyed and the rising flood waters carried off dozens of wooden shipping cases. Thankfully, the plant was quickly repaired and was back in operation in a matter of days. Walter later wrote to his brother: “The next time they hang out that weather flag, I’m going to leave town!”