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Public Works braces for rain

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The threat of up to four inches of rain for Dougherty County had public works crews in Albany busy.

They cleared storm water drains and holding ponds to brace for the worst. Public Works crews on North Cleveland were checking storm water drains this morning and clearing them of debris. Managers checked all low lying areas for potential problems. Holding ponds were also pumped down and pumps were left in place, because of the rain threat. Officials say national news of what's happened in Tennessee has some people here asking about sand bags.

"The calls have been coming I think because of what happened in Tennessee. We keep a supply of the bags, they're empty right at the moment, but we do have the sand available, you don't want to make sand bags up ahead of time because they tend to rot if they're not used," said Ann Zimmer-Shepherd, P.E. Sewer Superintendent.

Public works feels as long as the area doesn't get more than several inches in an hour, there won't be flooding issues. The National Weather Service predicts as much as six inches of rainfall for portions of southwest Georgia. A flood watch is in effect until Tuesday evening.


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