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Sandbags available in Albany

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the cleanup from the weekend's storms continues in many areas, Albany officials are preparing for more heavy storms threatening South Georgia. Crews are filling thousands of sandbags in case of more flooding.

Albany Public works officials are concerned that the city could face another round of flooding if the forecast 3 to 5 inches of rain in the next few days does hit Albany, the already saturated ground will not allow it to soak in, and areas that flooded Saturday could quickly see water rise again.

To help people protect their property Albany public works employees have been filling sandbags all day. They are making thousands of the 30 pound sandbags, so that people can pick them up and use them to surround houses that might be affected. The sandbags will be here at Hodges Avenue, under the Jefferson Street bridge, for pickup and hopefully prevent further damage.

Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson said "They'll be accessible all through the night and tomorrow. We'll be making them tomorrow as well. I would say that if you had some problems Saturday and almost got flooded, it's probably a good idea to go ahead and store up on some sandbags."

If you are disabled or elderly and need help sandbagging, Public works will bring the sandbags to your home and help you put them up, but they ask that only those people who really need help to call them for the delivery. But if you need sandbags they are here for you to come get.

These public works employees have a lot to do as they prepare for what is forecast to be another 3 to 5 inches of rain in the next few days, so they are giving you the chance to protect your property now.

Again those sandbags are available under the Jefferson Street Bridge off Hodges Avenue, and officials are asking people who had flooding trouble Saturday to come get and use them.

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