Albany-- Phone calls started coming into the Albany-Dougherty County Emergency Storm Hotline this morning. Every caller has a question about when they should evacuate, what they should do to prepare for the storm, how long should they keep their food in the freezer, those type of questions.
But the answers to those questions change with the forecast. Because of the unpredictability of the storm, Albany and Dougherty County leaders and emergency officials continue to prepare for winds and rain.
And public works crews continue to clean catch basins and lower holding ponds around town, like the one on Mobile Avenue.
But it looks as if Hurricane Ivan will move away from southwest Georgia and take with it the heaviest rain and strongest winds. That's good news callers to the emergency hotline are happy to hear.
The 1200 block of Mobile will be closed for two days while water is pumped out of this holding pond. It's an inconvenience that may not be necessary if the storm continues to move west, but the cliche' is appropriate; It's better to be safe than sorry.
The 24-HOUR Albany-Dougherty County Hotline number is 483-6234.