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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In advance of heavy rain in our area, Albany Public Works crews spent the day clearing debris from storm drains and ditches.

In the Rawson Circle area, two street sweepers followed each other along Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The crews said they were picking up a lot of pine straw and debris in hopes of keeping heavy rainfall from backing up into yards.

"We try to get all of the leaves and debris out of the gutter lines so once it goes into the storm drain catch system it doesn't create a backflow," said Xavier Leverette, a heavy equipment operator.

Albany could get as much as five inches of rain in the next two days. Crews also pumped down holding ponds and jet vacuumed storm drains to help move the rainwater along.

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