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  • Tropical depression Alberto brings rain, knocks out power

    Tropical depression Alberto brings rain, knocks out power

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-05-29 11:26:16 GMT
    Alberto is weakening as it heads further inland. (Source: WALB)Alberto is weakening as it heads further inland. (Source: WALB)

    Subtropical Storm Alberto is tracking further into Alabama this morning.

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    Subtropical Storm Alberto is tracking further into Alabama this morning.

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  • Albany church opens its doors as storm shelter

    Albany church opens its doors as storm shelter

    Monday, May 28 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-05-29 02:57:53 GMT
    Cots are already out and ready for those who need to seek shelter from the storm. (Source: WALB)Cots are already out and ready for those who need to seek shelter from the storm. (Source: WALB)
    Cots are already out and ready for those who need to seek shelter from the storm. (Source: WALB)Cots are already out and ready for those who need to seek shelter from the storm. (Source: WALB)

    With Dougherty County now under a State of Emergency, if you and your family do need to take shelter from Alberto, a church has opened its doors for you to do just that.

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    With Dougherty County now under a State of Emergency, if you and your family do need to take shelter from Alberto, a church has opened its doors for you to do just that.

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  • Tifton officials continue to monitor Alberto

    Tifton officials continue to monitor Alberto

    Monday, May 28 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-05-29 02:25:08 GMT
    Tifton rain showers. (Source: WALB)Tifton rain showers. (Source: WALB)
    Tifton rain showers. (Source WALB)Tifton rain showers. (Source WALB)

    Tift County road crews are keeping an eye on Highway 41 South and other low lying areas as Alberto heads northward. 

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    Tift County road crews are keeping an eye on Highway 41 South and other low lying areas as Alberto heads northward. 

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  • Flint River rises as Alberto tracks northward

    Flint River rises as Alberto tracks northward

    Monday, May 28 2018 10:21 PM EDT2018-05-29 02:21:01 GMT
    The Flint River was at about 14 feet on Monday. (Source: WALB)The Flint River was at about 14 feet on Monday. (Source: WALB)
    Flint River flood stage at 26 feet. (Source: WALB)Flint River flood stage at 26 feet. (Source: WALB)

    On Monday, Albany EMA officials gave us their predictions and concerns about the water level at the Flint River continuing to rise as Alberto tracks across Alabama.

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    On Monday, Albany EMA officials gave us their predictions and concerns about the water level at the Flint River continuing to rise as Alberto tracks across Alabama.

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  • Decatur County expects heavy rain from Alberto

    Decatur County expects heavy rain from Alberto

    Monday, May 28 2018 4:10 PM EDT2018-05-28 20:10:10 GMT
    Decatur Co. expects plenty of Alberto's rain (Source: WALB)Decatur Co. expects plenty of Alberto's rain (Source: WALB)

    Bainbridge is one of the areas in Georgia under a flash flood warning as Alberto heads towards the Gulf coast. 

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    Bainbridge is one of the areas in Georgia under a flash flood warning as Alberto heads towards the Gulf coast. 

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  • Albany Utilities prepares for storm

    Albany Utilities prepares for storm

    Monday, May 28 2018 9:47 AM EDT2018-05-28 13:47:44 GMT
    Crews have also cut back branches near power lines (Source: WALB)Crews have also cut back branches near power lines (Source: WALB)

    Albany Utilities has been preparing all week for the possible severe weather. 

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    Albany Utilities has been preparing all week for the possible severe weather. 

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  • Early Co. Fire Dept. concerned about trees uprooting due to weather

    Early Co. Fire Dept. concerned about trees uprooting due to weather

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:55 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:55:48 GMT
    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)
    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)

    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area.  Saturation and projected high winds have officials concerned about trees uprooting.  

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    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area.  Saturation and projected high winds have officials concerned about trees uprooting.  

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  • Bainbridge resident walks dog in shorts and isn't worried about Alberto

    Bainbridge resident walks dog in shorts and isn't worried about Alberto

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:29 GMT
    Joe Livingston and his dog, Peaches, walks down the street in shorts during potential severe weather. (Source: WALB)Joe Livingston and his dog, Peaches, walks down the street in shorts during potential severe weather. (Source: WALB)

    Steady rain has been falling in Decatur County, as well as the rest of Georgia, that could lead to potential flooding.  But some residents aren't worried about Alberto.  Joe Livingston of Bainbridge was seen walking his dog, Peaches, in shorts.  

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    Steady rain has been falling in Decatur County, as well as the rest of Georgia, that could lead to potential flooding.  But some residents aren't worried about Alberto.  Joe Livingston of Bainbridge was seen walking his dog, Peaches, in shorts.  

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  • Thomas County prepares for heavy rains and flooding

    Thomas County prepares for heavy rains and flooding

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-05-28 02:25:33 GMT
    Thomas County Fire Dept., EMS and Sheriff's Office is preparing for heavy rains, flooding and the worse case scenario. (Source: WALB)Thomas County Fire Dept., EMS and Sheriff's Office is preparing for heavy rains, flooding and the worse case scenario. (Source: WALB)

    As the potential for heavy rains and isolated flooding increases, Thomas County emergency services have begun planning for a worse case scenario.  ..

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    As the potential for heavy rains and isolated flooding increases, Thomas County emergency services have begun planning for a worse case scenario.  ..

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  • Thomas Co. offers free sandbags to residents in low lying areas

    Thomas Co. offers free sandbags to residents in low lying areas

    Sunday, May 27 2018 9:56 PM EDT2018-05-28 01:56:45 GMT
    Tomas County officials prepare sandbags for residents in low lying homes. (Source: WALB)Tomas County officials prepare sandbags for residents in low lying homes. (Source: WALB)
    Tomas County officials prepare sandbags for residents in low lying homes. (Source: WALB)Tomas County officials prepare sandbags for residents in low lying homes. (Source: WALB)

    Thomas County has been working all weekend to help community members prepare for the storm.  One way they're doing that is offering free sandbags for people who live in low lying areas that hold a lot of water.  

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    Thomas County has been working all weekend to help community members prepare for the storm.  One way they're doing that is offering free sandbags for people who live in low lying areas that hold a lot of water.  

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  • Dougherty County's Emergency Operation Center now open

    Dougherty County's Emergency Operation Center now open

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:44:41 GMT
    Emergency Operation Center open in Dougherty County (Source: WALB)Emergency Operation Center open in Dougherty County (Source: WALB)
    Emergency Operation Center open in Dougherty County (Source: WALB)Emergency Operation Center open in Dougherty County (Source: WALB)

    Dougherty County's Emergency Operation Center or EOC is fully activated as of this morning. With wind speeds picking up, Emergency Management employees are on stand by.  

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    Dougherty County's Emergency Operation Center or EOC is fully activated as of this morning. With wind speeds picking up, Emergency Management employees are on stand by.  

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  • South GA mobile home residents prepare for storms

    South GA mobile home residents prepare for storms

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:36 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:36:51 GMT
    Mobile home residents speak on possible storms. (Source: WALB)Mobile home residents speak on possible storms. (Source: WALB)
    Mobile home residents speak on possible storms. (Source: WALB)Mobile home residents speak on possible storms. (Source: WALB)

    An increase in wind speeds for our area is causing some concerns at mobile home parks as potentially severe weather heads into the area. 

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    An increase in wind speeds for our area is causing some concerns at mobile home parks as potentially severe weather heads into the area. 

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  • How to check your home before the rain

    How to check your home before the rain

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:33:40 GMT
    Jud Savelle, President of Bishop Clean Care. (Source: WALB)Jud Savelle, President of Bishop Clean Care. (Source: WALB)
    Jud Savelle. (Source: WALB)Jud Savelle. (Source: WALB)

    With the possibility of flooding in the area, one local business said it's important for homeowners to fix any existing issues. They said many people don't find out they have problems with their roof or drainage around their homes, until after a heavy rain season.

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    With the possibility of flooding in the area, one local business said it's important for homeowners to fix any existing issues. They said many people don't find out they have problems with their roof or drainage around their homes, until after a heavy rain season.

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  • Residents concerned about gas prices following storms

    Residents concerned about gas prices following storms

    Sunday, May 27 2018 4:24 PM EDT2018-05-27 20:24:04 GMT
    A man fills up his gas tank before the storms roll in (Source: WALB)A man fills up his gas tank before the storms roll in (Source: WALB)
    A man fills up his gas tank before the storms roll in (Source: WALB)A man fills up his gas tank before the storms roll in (Source: WALB)

    Drivers are preparing for the possible inclement weather by filling up their gas tanks as soon as possible. 

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    Drivers are preparing for the possible inclement weather by filling up their gas tanks as soon as possible. 

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  • Residents prepare for storm chances over holiday weekend

    Residents prepare for storm chances over holiday weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:21:51 GMT
    James Lawrence. (Source: WALB)James Lawrence. (Source: WALB)

    With Alberto expected to impact Southwest Georgia, you can never be too prepared when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As the rain and thunderstorms move through our area, Albany residents say their holiday plans are changing.

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    With Alberto expected to impact Southwest Georgia, you can never be too prepared when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As the rain and thunderstorms move through our area, Albany residents say their holiday plans are changing.

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  • Saturday's rain didn't keep boaters from the water

    Saturday's rain didn't keep boaters from the water

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:15:40 GMT
    The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)
    The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)

    Despite the scattered showers, we saw Saturday some people just couldn't resist hitting the water. In the morning, the Kinchafoonee Creek was at a good water level for boaters. 

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    Despite the scattered showers, we saw Saturday some people just couldn't resist hitting the water. In the morning, the Kinchafoonee Creek was at a good water level for boaters. 

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  • With incoming rain, residents prepare for flooding

    With incoming rain, residents prepare for flooding

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:13 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:13:30 GMT
    Joshua Bower. (Source: WALB)Joshua Bower. (Source: WALB)

    With a high chance of flooding happening in the city, residents in low-level areas are taking precaution.  Residents on South Audubon Drive said they've seen flooding many times in the past.  This time they aren't expecting anything different. 

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    With a high chance of flooding happening in the city, residents in low-level areas are taking precaution.  Residents on South Audubon Drive said they've seen flooding many times in the past.  This time they aren't expecting anything different. 

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  • Trees could cause issues after heavy rain

    Trees could cause issues after heavy rain

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:00 PM EDT2018-05-26 19:00:37 GMT
    Harper Tree Service working in East Albany on a removal project (Source WALB)Harper Tree Service working in East Albany on a removal project (Source WALB)

    Rain is expected over the weekend and one major concern right now is falling trees. The moist ground after weeks of dry weather making tree susceptible to toppling over.

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    Rain is expected over the weekend and one major concern right now is falling trees. The moist ground after weeks of dry weather making tree susceptible to toppling over.

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  • American Red Cross partners with South GA counties for severe storms

    American Red Cross partners with South GA counties for severe storms

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:53:26 GMT
    The American Red Cross buses are ready to go in case of emergencies. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross buses are ready to go in case of emergencies. (Source: WALB)
    The American Red Cross buses are ready to go in case of emergencies. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross buses are ready to go in case of emergencies. (Source: WALB)

    The American Red Cross is teaming up with South Georgia counties' emergency management agencies in preparation for severe weather.

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    The American Red Cross is teaming up with South Georgia counties' emergency management agencies in preparation for severe weather.

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  • South Georgia counties prepare for possibility of severe weather

    South Georgia counties prepare for possibility of severe weather

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:48 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:48:11 GMT
    Worth County EMA prepares for possible storms. (Source: WALB)Worth County EMA prepares for possible storms. (Source: WALB)
    Worth County EMA prepares for possible storms.Worth County EMA prepares for possible storms.

    The Worth County EMA had several meetings with different agencies on Friday to get more information on the storm heading to the area, and how much rainfall is expected.

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    The Worth County EMA had several meetings with different agencies on Friday to get more information on the storm heading to the area, and how much rainfall is expected.

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  • Tift County leaders prepare for heavy rainfall over holiday weekend

    Tift County leaders prepare for heavy rainfall over holiday weekend

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:39:01 GMT
    Crews are out checking the streets and the Tift County EMA is working closely with Tifton Public Works to try to stay ahead of the storm. (Source: WALB)Crews are out checking the streets and the Tift County EMA is working closely with Tifton Public Works to try to stay ahead of the storm. (Source: WALB)
    Crews are out checking the streets and the Tift County EMA is working closely with Tifton Public works to try to stay ahead of the storm. (Source: WALB)Crews are out checking the streets and the Tift County EMA is working closely with Tifton Public works to try to stay ahead of the storm. (Source: WALB)

    Tifton leaders said they have seen flooding off of Highway 41 South in the past, and they want drivers to be careful with heavy rainfall expected over the Memorial Day weekend.  

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    Tifton leaders said they have seen flooding off of Highway 41 South in the past, and they want drivers to be careful with heavy rainfall expected over the Memorial Day weekend.  

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  • Albany officials prepare for storm

    Albany officials prepare for storm

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:37 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:37:41 GMT
    Crews did street sweeping on Friday. (Source: WALB)Crews did street sweeping on Friday. (Source: WALB)
    Crews did street sweeping on Friday. (Source: WALB)Crews did street sweeping on Friday. (Source: WALB)

    Top emergency management officials in Albany and Dougherty County have been preparing for the weekend weather for the past few days. While many people were out enjoying the sunshine before the dark clouds and raindrops arrive, emergency officials were inside hard at work.

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    Top emergency management officials in Albany and Dougherty County have been preparing for the weekend weather for the past few days. While many people were out enjoying the sunshine before the dark clouds and raindrops arrive, emergency officials were inside hard at work.

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  • Lowndes Co. leaders urge residents to be prepared for heavy rainfall

    Lowndes Co. leaders urge residents to be prepared for heavy rainfall

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:08:34 GMT
    Lowndes Co. says stock-up on flashlights and batteries. (Source: WALB)Lowndes Co. says stock-up on flashlights and batteries. (Source: WALB)
    Lowndes Co. says stock-up on flashlights and batteries. (Source: WALB)Lowndes Co. says stock-up on flashlights and batteries. (Source: WALB)

    With showers expected to sweep across South Georgia this weekend, Lowndes County said now would be a good time to stock up on emergency items.

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    With showers expected to sweep across South Georgia this weekend, Lowndes County said now would be a good time to stock up on emergency items.

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  • GSP: Turn around, don't drown

    GSP: Turn around, don't drown

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:28 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:28:41 GMT
    Truck filled with water as it sits parked in the street (Source: WALB)Truck filled with water as it sits parked in the street (Source: WALB)
    Truck filled with water as it sits parked in the street (Source: WALB)Truck filled with water as it sits parked in the street (Source: WALB)

    Messy weather over the Memorial Day weekend has state troopers concerned. wet roadways and heavy travel can be deadly. Georgia State Patrol is telling drivers to turn around so you don't drown.  

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    Messy weather over the Memorial Day weekend has state troopers concerned. wet roadways and heavy travel can be deadly. Georgia State Patrol is telling drivers to turn around so you don't drown.  

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  • South GA schools move graduation ceremonies inside ahead of wet weather

    South GA schools move graduation ceremonies inside ahead of wet weather

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:19:00 GMT
    Several schools have decided to move their graduation ceremonies indoors due to weather. (Source: Pixabay)Several schools have decided to move their graduation ceremonies indoors due to weather. (Source: Pixabay)

    Several South Georgia school have announced that they are moving their graduation ceremonies indoors as wet weather heads into the area.

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    Several South Georgia school have announced that they are moving their graduation ceremonies indoors as wet weather heads into the area.

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  • Albany business owners, tourists concerned about rainfall over the weekend

    Albany business owners, tourists concerned about rainfall over the weekend

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-05-25 02:37:08 GMT
    Business owners aren't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront Park is built. (Source: WALB)Business owners aren't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront Park is built. (Source: WALB)
    Business owners aren't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront park is built. (Source: WALB)Business owners aren't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront park is built. (Source: WALB)

    Officials are keeping an eye on the Flint River, which runs through downtown Albany, as they continue to track heavy rain that is headed to the area.

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    Officials are keeping an eye on the Flint River, which runs through downtown Albany, as they continue to track heavy rain that is headed to the area.

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  • Lee County's creeks not expected to flood, crews prepare for heavy rain

    Lee County's creeks not expected to flood, crews prepare for heavy rain

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:49 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:49:31 GMT
    Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area. (Source: WALB)Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area. (Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area.

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    Lee County's major creek systems are not expected to reach flood level as heavy rainfall heads into the area.

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  • Crisp Co. officials prep for possible flash flooding this weekend

    Crisp Co. officials prep for possible flash flooding this weekend

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:30:13 GMT
    Crews in Crisp County have begun working to prevent as much flooding as possible as heavy rain is expected to head into the area over the holiday weekend. (Source: WALB)Crews in Crisp County have begun working to prevent as much flooding as possible as heavy rain is expected to head into the area over the holiday weekend. (Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Crews in Crisp County have begun working to prevent as much flooding as possible as heavy rain is expected to head into the area over the holiday weekend.

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    Crews in Crisp County have begun working to prevent as much flooding as possible as heavy rain is expected to head into the area over the holiday weekend.

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  • Experts: Now is the time to prepare for potential flooding, severe weather

    Experts: Now is the time to prepare for potential flooding, severe weather

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:50:44 GMT
    Experts warn homeowners to go ahead and prepare for possible storms now. (Source: WALB)Experts warn homeowners to go ahead and prepare for possible storms now. (Source: WALB)
    Experts warn homeowners to go ahead and prepare for possible storms now.Experts warn homeowners to go ahead and prepare for possible storms now.

    If you don't have an emergency severe weather plan for your home and family already, experts say now is a good time to make one.    

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    If you don't have an emergency severe weather plan for your home and family already, experts say now is a good time to make one.    

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  • Lowndes Co., Valdosta partner to make flood mapping tool available

    Lowndes Co., Valdosta partner to make flood mapping tool available

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:44:16 GMT
    The Withlachoochee River could affect many commercial and residential areas in Lowndes Co. if flooding occurs. (Source:WALB)The Withlachoochee River could affect many commercial and residential areas in Lowndes Co. if flooding occurs. (Source:WALB)
    The Withlachoochee River could affect many commercial and residential areas in Lowndes Co. if flooding occurs. (Source:WALB)The Withlachoochee River could affect many commercial and residential areas in Lowndes Co. if flooding occurs. (Source:WALB)

    Lowndes County wants to make sure its residents have access to a new flood mapping resource. 

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    Lowndes County wants to make sure its residents have access to a new flood mapping resource. 

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  • Worth Co. High School graduation relocated to Albany

    Worth Co. High School graduation relocated to Albany

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:06 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:06:06 GMT
    Mt. Zion Church (Source: Google Maps)Mt. Zion Church (Source: Google Maps)
    Mt. Zion Church (Source: Google Maps)Mt. Zion Church (Source: Google Maps)

    The Worth County Board of Education announced Wednesday that graduation ceremonies planned for the high school have been moved due to impending inclement weather.

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    The Worth County Board of Education announced Wednesday that graduation ceremonies planned for the high school have been moved due to impending inclement weather.

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  • Lee Co. High School graduation moved to Albany Civic Center

    Lee Co. High School graduation moved to Albany Civic Center

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:58:05 GMT
    Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)
    Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)

    The graduation ceremony for Lee County High School has been moved to the Albany Civic Center. 

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    The graduation ceremony for Lee County High School has been moved to the Albany Civic Center. 

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