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Albany gets pumps for expected rainfall

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany officials brought in extra pumps to help deal with the up to 13 inches of rain forecast this week. Dougherty County public works has been draining holding ponds in preparation.

People in Albany and Dougherty County have taken the warning of this potential flash flooding danger seriously, rushing to get sandbags. 

Joye Solomon was one of hundreds of people picking up sandbags from Albany Public works this morning, worried about low spots in her South Albany neighborhood.

 "That's why I am getting the sandbags, so I can put them down in those areas and hope and pray that they don't flood my house," Solomon said.

The forecast of up to a foot of rain this week brought Octavian Lewis to get sandbags for his Grandmother's home.

"My Grandmother is kinda scared that it's gonna flood again this year, so she told me to come out here this morning and get some bags. Like she said, better be safe than sorry," Lewis said.

Albany Public works officials say they have been a little overwhelmed by the number of people who agree with Lewis' Grandmother.

"We've given out 4,000 since three or four o'clock yesterday, and they are still coming," Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson said.

Dougherty County Public works is also filling sandbags and making preparations for the expected rains.

"We've been pulling down all our ponds, and checking all the areas we had to respond to before, and pre-staging some of our equipment and personnel," said Dougherty County Public Works Director Larry Cook.

Learning from Saturday's heavy rains, Albany rented seven large portable pumps to deal with water in areas that flooded.

 "In places where ponds don't have outfalls or maybe where a pump station is that can't keep up with the flow. We pretty much know from Saturday where to strategically place these pumps," Roberson said.

Joye Solomon said she appreciates all the hard work providing her sandbags. "It's just great that our people worry about us, and we want you to know we appreciate them."

Roberson said everyone picking up sandbags today was thankful that the city is helping them prepare for another round of severe weather.

Emergency managers set up a phone line to help people with questions or problems so they won't overwhelm 911. The number is 229-483-6234.

Anyone in Dougherty County can call that Weather Information Hot Line with questions or concerns about the weather. The hotline will be manned 24 hours a day through at least Thursday.

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