Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Businesses and homes along the east coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene.
Preparations are underway here in Albany too, but not because we're expected to see damage.
Public works and Water Gas & Light do routine maintenance just in case a storm like Irene comes our way.
It's the calm, before the storm.
Hurricane Irene blew through the Bahamas this morning and is bearing down on the east coast. Here in Albany it will be sunny as the storm passes Georgia by this time, but that doesn't mean there weren't preparations in the works. Public works crews were cleaning holding ponds today and that's not all.
"We've lowered all ponds that we can, we've had all of the pump stations, storm stations checked so that everything is working, back up generators have been checked," said Ann Zimmer Shepherd, P.E. Albany Sewer Superintendent.
Two trucks were cleaning storm lines today and two more were clearing sanitary sewer lines. Because officials never know whether they could be in the center of a storm.
"Because you never really know, the forecast for a tropical storm can be days out and by the time it actually hits like it did in New Orleans they weren't prepared because it looked like it was going elsewhere," said Shepherd.
Which is why routine maintenance is so essential. Digging Deeper we learned they're not the only ones. Water, Gas, and Light was cutting back trees along Stuart Avenue this week, leaving some unusually shaped trees behind, but more secure power lines in a storm.
"We do try to keep the threes on a three year maintenance plan so soon as we get through trimming trees in Albany which takes us three years, we start right back over where we were," said Lorie Farkas.
They also ensure plenty of supplies are on hand during storm prone times of the year.
"We make sure that we have transformers in case a transformer blows, we keep our equipment up to date, we have our own mechanical shop that takes care of any maintenance on our vehicles to make sure we have all of our truck and that they're operational," said Farkas.
Because pine is a soft wood, it doesn't take extremely heavy rain to bring down branches, and falling branches often lead to downed power lines. Managers say without preparation, customers could be in the dark.
Water gas and Light crews say if you notice sagging power lines or a branch perched over lines that they may have missed, you can call WG&L anytime to report it.