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Lee Co. prepares for additional rain

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –More heavy rain is on the way, and that will only make flooding problems worse. In Lee County, there are still road problems and standing water.

Public works crews spent Thursday trying to fix as many of those problems as possible.

Just when the rain waters started to recede, more rain is already on the way.

"The latest update from the National Weather Service has us with 2 to 3 inches of rain coming in tonight and tomorrow possible isolated 4 inches in areas," said EMA director James Howell.

And because the ground is already so saturated in Lee County, Public Works has been working around the clock to make room for the additional rain.

"We certainly predict some more low lying flooding with this rain coming in," said Howell.

Crews have been out at trouble spots, cleaning out ditches and doing everything possible to make the roads more passable.

"In some areas crews are doing some pumping evolutions, trying to pump some low lying areas and trying to pump some retention ponds out," said Howell.

Crews are also repairing culverts and bringing in extra dirt to some roads that have been washed out.

"A lot of these are associated with fields or agricultural areas now because there is no crops in those fields and all that soil is washing into the ditches and making the situation worse," said Howell.

EMA director James Howell says between figuring out how much supplies are needed to arranging alternate response policies a lot of pre planning goes into these events.

"This year we are looking at what we looked at in 1998 which is low level and low area flooding," said Howell.

And because we are in a El Nino Cycle, the EMA director says more rain is expected in the near future.

The EMA director urges people to be patient and understand that there are some issues Emergency management and Public Works can't fix.

He also advises people not to drive through standing water or move barricades because you never know what condition the road is under the water.

The following roads are CLOSED:

New York Road    -  From Middle Road to Philema Road

Larramore Road     - From Airport to Batts Road

Mays Road            -  From Scott Road to Hwy 195

Grey Moss Road    -  East of New York Road

Gator Pond Road   -  From Usry Road to Hwy 377

Scott Road             - From 500 Block to Mays Road


The following roads are MARGINALLY PASSABLE:

Batts Road             -  From Hwy 195 to Grey Moss Road

Dan Green Road    -  From New York road to Grey Moss Road

Kaylor Road                    -  West of Hwy 195

Cromer Road         -  From Larsen to End


The following roads have WATER OVER THEM:

Crotwell Road


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