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Public works prepared for storm

June 10, 2005

Albany-- The first tropical storm of the season is moving our way and public works crews are getting ready for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Arlene.

Many places have gotten five inches of rain or more just this week. Some holding ponds are already at capacity. Crews in Albany spent the past few days pumping water out of the ponds in low lying areas and unclogging catch basins.

Five vacuum trucks have been working all week and crews will be manning pumps all night.

"Right now they're seeming to think that up to 3-4 inches is what we'll get spread over 72 hours. Our system can handle that," says Public Works Director Phil Roberson.

Phil Roberson says the city is better prepared this hurricane season because of lessons learned last year. Crews will be on standby all weekend.

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