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City gets ready for heavy rain

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 6, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Public works crews are trying to make sure the city's drainage system can handle a sudden influx of expected rainfall. 

Because we haven't had any major rainfall in the last few weeks, holding ponds are low and drains and ditches are pretty clear.

Tuesday, jet-vacs and street sweepers were making sure of that. We found this crew at the corner of Holloway and Jefferson Streets, vacuuming out an area.

"We're just beginning to come out of about a five year drought, so Albany's holding pond system, network of ponds, is in pretty good shape. We've got plenty of room and capacity in those ponds to handle upwards of a one or two inch rain event," said City Public Works Director Phil Roberson.

Crews checked all areas that are prone to localized flooding and check back up pumps and generators in case of a power failure.

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