Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Depending on just what Fay throws at us, it could be a very busy weekend for public works crews throughout south Georgia.
They've already been busy this week trying to head off as much damage as possible.
The Dougherty County Public works is set and ready to go, putting into action lessons they learned from past storms.
"We've learned the areas we need to cover, areas we need to pre-storm, go out and clean those areas as far as major ditches, and we try to make sure those things are functioning prior to the storm getting here," said Larry Cook, Dougherty Co. Public Works Director.
Cleaning Drainage ditches and cleaning the road of debris.
If tropical storm Fay brings flooding to Dougherty County, public works will have sand bags at the ready.
"We just re-stocked our sand bags in case we need it, or any one of the citizens need it they can just call us at the office, and we'll be glad to help them with that on an individual basis," said Cook.
Cook says communication now is much better than in the past, enabling them to contact emergency management officials when needed.
"Overall we're doing a number of things to help increase our ability to communicate within the community, we have a system within the 911 Center, Motorbridge, we've gone to 800 Megahertz radio system, there's a number of things that have upgraded," said Jim Vaught, Deputy EMA Director.
Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught sends e-mails with updates on the storm to Dougherty County school system and a number of other agencies in and around Albany.
"We've experienced hurricanes and a variety of weather events. We look at those and see what looks good, and what we did that we need to improve on and just try to do better next time, so we try to provide better service to our community," said Vaught.
Both emergency management and county officials seem prepared for whatever this storm may bring.
"With the uncertainty of Fay and some of the winds that may or may not come in, we feel pretty confident that we can handle anything that comes along," said Cook.
Now, they can only wait to see what comes along.
This year Dougherty County established Code Red.
It's a high-speed communication service that will notify you about weather emergencies by telephone.
If you want to sign up, go to the news page and click on the Code Red icon.