Eckerd College, a private college in northeast Georgia, was founded in 1897 and is the oldest remaining college in the U.S. The university is home to the Eckerds College of Engineering and the University of Georgia.
But in 2016, a flood washed out much of the historic campus and the town that now serves as a community center was completely submerged, leaving Eckerdrillers with no choice but to leave the town.
The college’s future has been put at risk.
“I am very worried that they are going to lose the site and that they will be able to move elsewhere,” said Nancy Ecker, the Ekerd College president.
“But the community and the students have to have that certainty and hope that something will come back.”
Eckerdale, which is about 20 miles southwest of Atlanta, is a picturesque town of about 200 people and sits at the edge of a flood plain.
Residents have taken to social media to express their frustration.
One post from one resident read: “We will leave the E-Mart, we will leave E-Toys and we will move to Nazzalas Lake, our old stomping grounds.”
The town is located on a 3-acre stretch of lake in Nazzalee County, just east of the Atlanta suburb of Valdosta.
“It’s just really sad,” said Jennifer Cagle, who lives in Nazareth, about 10 miles southwest.
“We have all these kids who have gone through the school, and now we have to leave.”
She said she and her husband, Dan Cagle of Valdy, had hoped to have a home in Naxdale, but were not given the green light.
“What a shame,” she said.
“If you’re an Eckerdam, you have a job.
If you’re not, you’re just a part of the system.”
In the past, Eckerford’s future was in the hands of its parents.
The family began operating the school in 1892, and in the early 20th century, the school hosted a series of public gatherings.
But when the family sold its holdings in 1950, the company was sold to an investor.
“There was a lot of financial pain to go through,” Cagle said.
That same year, a fire destroyed the school and the adjacent EckerDellas Lake.
In 1953, the college was sold off to the National Association of Schools and Colleges, or NASCO.
NASCo is the governing body for Eckerdrails schools.
Its governing body is the Association of Colleges and Schools for Technical Education.
But the association’s mission statement states that it is “not a corporation,” which means it has no direct ties to the university.
The association’s website states that its members are “unaffiliated” and that it “does not have any corporate, political or charitable activities.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, the association president, Dr. David Bowers, acknowledged that “there is a lot that is not necessarily in line with our mission.”
He said that his organization has been working to protect the history of the college since the 1920s, and that his group was “extremely disappointed that we did not receive the recognition and recognition that we were looking for.”
“We are going through a very challenging time in the future,” Bowers said.
Ecker Dam is currently the site of a major restoration effort, including building a new water treatment plant and building a bridge to restore the lake and nearby wetlands.
But Bowers and other officials said that the restoration effort is expected to cost more than $1 billion.
The Ecker dam, located near the city of Nazzell, has been closed since the summer of 2016 due to high water levels.
After the Elerd Dam, the area has been heavily flooded with water and mud, and it was unclear whether the Ellerd Dam would be fully repaired.
The city of Valdys, Georgia, has also been working with the state of Georgia to rebuild the Echerd Dam and other dams along the Chattahoochee River, which flows through Naxdalas Lake and is located about 70 miles south of Valdez.
“This is a massive effort that will take years to complete,” said Steve McQueary, the city’s director of watershed management.
The National Park Service, which oversees national parks, has pledged to work with local communities to help restore the dam.
“The Eckerdd dam is an important part of our national heritage, and we’re committed to making it safe and stable,” said Matt Smith, the park service’s director for the Chattanawas region.
Smith added that the park agency would “continue to work to make sure that the Eberdale Dam is safe and safe again.”