Fact Check: Photo Of Canal Is NOT From Georgia Or The United States -- It's From Belgium

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  • by: Rosemary An
Fact Check: Photo Of Canal Is NOT From Georgia Or The United States -- It's From Belgium Not Georgia

Does a photo show a canal in Riverdale, Georgia? No, that's not true: The canal in the photo is actually the Sart Canal Bridge in Belgium. The same photo can be found on numerous places on the internet, including on Google Maps and Google Images. The bridge's origins can be traced back to Belgium as well.

The photo appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on June 1, 2021, by a satirical page named Georgia Department of Memes. It read:

Riverdale, Ga.
One Of The Most Beautiful Cities In Georgia. Beautiful Scenery And Amazing Tourist Attractions.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Canal Facebook.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jun 3 01:20:50 2021 UTC)

A simple search of "Sart Canal Bridge" on Google Maps shows the exact same photo, and the same search on Google Images shows the bridge from various angles.

The bridge was designed by the engineering and architectural firm Bureau Greisch and completed in spring 2001 in La Louvière, Belgium.

The Facebook page Georgia Department of Memes has a pseudo-official-looking seal along with a description mentioning that its posts are not to be taken seriously. The About Us section reads:

We're here to make you laugh or offend you (depending on what type of person you are.)

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  Rosemary An

Rosemary An is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Journalism and is based in New York, furthering her journalistic career by combating the spread of misinformation. She also works on Lead Stories' TikTok/Korea fact checking service.

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