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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

South Albany-- The waters of the Flint River started flowing into some streets in south Albany Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday morning, the water reached the front porch of one house west of the river, and some streets and yards were flooded.

Now, people in south Albany are just hoping that more rain on Friday won't cause more problems.

The overflowing waters of the Flint River are now flooding parts of south Albany, just west of the river. Martha Duncan can't make it off the front porch of her Ebony Street home. "If it gets more higher, we're going to have to go to my folks."

The 200 block of Ebony and South Jackson, on both sides of Oakridge Drive, are covered with water and blocked off to traffic. About a block away, the cul de sac on Shelby Lane is underwater. "The water just keeps rising and rising, and rising." Tiffany Young says water started bubbling out of the manhole in the middle of the cul de sac around 11:00 Tuesday night and by this morning, the road was covered.

Public Works Director Phil Roberson says it's not sewage, but river water with no place to go but up and out. "We don't know if it's the water of the Flint or raw sewage coming up. We don't know nothing."

The city has closed the gates to the river and is pumping as much water as possible to the Joshua Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. "The problem we're running into now, is that our wastewater treatment plant is running at full capacity. We're treating around 70 million gallons a day, the average daily flow is around 12 and 18 million a day. We're wide open at the plant, and we can't take another gallon."

Another gallon could cause sewage to spill in the Flint River, and the EPD is in Albany monitoring the plant to make sure that doesn't happen. Now, Roberson says if it rains on Friday and the river hasn't recede enough to open the out falls, they'll will be no place for the water to go.

"We don't want to scare anybody or create a panic, but the localized flooding people are experiencing now can be exacerbated if you have no out falls." And there' is a good chance of rain on Friday, and Roberson says if we get more than an inch, more yards, streets, and maybe even homes could be flooded.

Flint River crested at 32.15 feet, a few inches lower than expected.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com