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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – There's more flooding in a Dougherty County neighborhood. Storm water surrounds nearly a half dozen homes in the Radial Subdivision much like it did last March. Public Works says there's little they can do, but they're working on solutions.

The good news is the water in this neighborhood doesn't appear to have gotten into anyone's home. But what worries home owners is the 70% chance of rain Sunday that could bring as much as three inches of rain putting these homes in danger.

Homeowner Anthony Trowell can only stand and watch the water closing in on his Parr Road home.  "I'm a little nervous," he admitted.

He hasn't even officially moved in after completing more than $20,000 in renovations. "We did all the floors, counter tops, walls, light fixtures, pretty much the whole inside of the house."

That's because it was gutted 10 months ago when sewage and storm water backed up inside the last time the skies opened and heavy rain fell. Trowell knew the home's history and took the gamble. "I did a little research and they said it got inside the house two times in the last 30 years, so we just a chance."

Public works crews say there's little they can do about cleaning up ditches around the creek to prevent the Pineywood creek from closing in. 

"They're under the care and observation of the EPA and EPD and the federal government, and they don't allow us much leeway in there," said Dougherty County Public Works Assistant. Director Chuck Mathis.

Engineers and management are however brainstorming proposals but wouldn't elaborate what they might do to prevent future flooding. Neighbors will be watching. "It seems to be going down now so just going to keep an eye on it."

Hoping Sunday's rains won't be enough to send water rushing through the door.

Public Works crews say pumps that have been out on Antioch Road and Pinebluff Road have already been pulled back into the shop, check over and are ready to be pressed into service again if rain showers this weekend again threaten neighborhoods like this one.

Last year FEMA paid out millions of dollars in southwest Georgia to assist households with disaster related repair costs not covered by insurance.



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