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Utility officials watch for severe weather

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  We could have flash flooding in our area, depending on how much rainfall we get during the next 24 hours. Emergency responders will closely watch creeks like the Kinchafoonee in Lee County.

Depending on the rainfall the creek could rise more than a foot above flood stage by Saturday afternoon. Right now, The creek is expected to crest at 14.4 feet. Georgia Power is also bracing for power outages from gusty winds. They recently replenished their stockpile of utility poles.

"Just last week we had our pole pile replenished and we had about 45 poles different classifications dropped off here at the headquarters, so we're good to go in that area, other materials and stuff like that," said Ga. Power Engineering Supervisor Henry Everson.

"If none of those areas are hit hard or whatever we can call for resources from those areas and then we've got our adjoining neighbors from the west region which is Columbus and Americus and if they're not too severely damaged then we can call from them."

Right now Georgia Power has not activated its emergency response initiative, but they do have extra contract crews in town working on other projects that can be pressed into service if they're needed.

They're also monitoring updated weather forecasts and say if the forecast worsens their status could change.

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