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Commissioners approve flood mitigation, tracking system

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany is working to educate people about the dangers of flooding and lower your flood insurance rates.

Tuesday night, city commissioners approved a Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan helps the local government to minimize losses from flooding.

It also allows the city to qualify for federal grants that could help prevent flooding and it could lead to a better score in the Community Rating System that affects flood insurance premiums.

Albany police cars and fire trucks are also about to get new technology that could help improve response times. City commissioners approved spending $534,000 to install GPS tracking devices on more than 200 public safety vehicles.

It will show supervisors and dispatchers the exact location of each police officer and firefighter so they can send the closest available units to emergency scenes.

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