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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - They called for voluntary evacuations in the Holloway Basin Area from Jeffries Avenue down to Oakridge Drive, and the Hampton East area of east Albany from Mobile Avenue to Vandeman Street.

City Emergency planners worry high winds tonight could knock down trees and interrupt the power.

Without electricity, the pumps removing rainwater would go out, and the rain could flood those low-lying areas.

That's why they're asking people in those two areas to find another place to spend the night.

Phil Roberson, Albany Public Works Director said, "Just be aware those areas if you live in low lying areas, you might not want to evacuate right away. But just be aware there could be a problem if we lose power overnight, and are not able to move that problem."

Emergency managers opened a shelter at Beattie Road Church of Christ.

Officials ask that if you live in any low-lying area in South Albany, go ahead and get your things together in case you have to evacuate this evening.

The Code Red Emergency System will be activated tonight in case of emergency. Emergency managers are also worried about possible tornadoes and urge people living in older mobile homes to seek shelter.

You can get other answers about your weather questions at the Albany Weather Hotline, at 229-483-6234.

River Front park looks more like River Front pond today. It was enough to grab the attention of folks who wanted to see just how high the river was getting. People like DeShauna Thornton.

"I'm just praying that it doesn't get to the point where you can't cross this river, or my kids will be out of school."

Albany Fire Chief James Carswell says he's almost certain that won't be the case. The Bridges didn't even close in 1998 when the river got up to 36 feet. It's only around 24 feet right now.

So how does this flash flooding compare to the floods that wiped out parts of Albany?

"Actually, one doesn't compare to the other. This is nothing like the '94 or the '98 flood. We have rain, we have water in the rivers, but it doesn't compare to those two events," Carswell  said.

Though there are some problems with all of this rainfall. Creeks are swelling and roads are being covered up making them impassable. That was the case on Spring Flats Road today. Also, take a look at Palm Avenue around Antioch Rd. Definitely not safe to pass through.

Some homes were also being threatened. Nadine Glass put her furniture up on blocks and removed what she could. She's lived her for 30 years without being flooded, but doesn't feel confident.

"It has no where to go because the rivers are full and the creeks are full and the ground is saturated and there's just no place for it to go. It looks like we will be flooded, the house, this time," Glass said.

And other homes in low lying areas could be at risk as well. Holding ponds, like this one on Mitchell Avenue are at capacity, pumps can't keep up with the demand. And a threat of severe weather could create a bigger problem.

"With everything so saturate, what may have taken 60 or 70 mph winds last week to push over with the ground so wet now, 30 mph winds may push them over."

And may cause power outages too. That's why officials don't want you on the road unless it's an emergency.

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