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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Billy Williams cranks up a 6 inch pump at the West Alberson retention pond. It will move about one thousand gallons of water a minute out of this holding pond.

 Williams said "Oh yea, yea. Everybody's out, doing what they can do before this afternoon hits."

 Five street sweepers have been running up and down Albany streets all day, cleaning the curbs and gutters and roadways of leaves and debris. Keeping that debris out of the storm drains and catch basins will keep water from ponding up in roads.

 And jet vacs are cleaning out the storm drains to make sure they are open, and as much water as possible flow through.

Sewer Department General Supervisor George Haggerty said "We stay on top of it all year round. But when we have an event such as this we really try to get on top of things."

Dougherty County Emergency Management Officials met with National Weather Officials over the Internet just before noon, and feel tomorrow South Georgians will see lots of rain and gusty wind. EMA officials say South Georgians should make sure they are ready.

EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said "To look around their property. If they have some old limbs hanging over their houses they may want to remove. Or if they have some things in their yard that might have a chance to pick up and cause destruction. Just take a few minutes to look at your property."

Public works officials have been studying the places where heavy rains cause problems for decades, and that experience was put to use today as they cleaned drains and pumped down holding ponds.  Getting ready for the worst, hoping for the best.

One of the most common items around your home that can cause damage in heavy winds. A lawn chair. It can sail in the wind, so officials say take a few minutes to put your lawn chairs, trash cans, and grills away safely. And public works officials have generators at key pumping stations, in case electricity is cut to them, using that experience to make sure they are ready.

 

One of the most common items around your home that can cause damage in heavy winds. A lawn chair. It can sail in the wind, so officials say take a few minutes to put your lawn chairs, trash cans, and grills away safely. And public works officials have generators at key pumping stations, in case electricity is cut to them, using that experience to make sure they are ready.

 

 

 

EMA officials say the Flint River is forecast to crest at about 4 .7 feet, well below flood level, good news as they prepare for Ida's heavy rains.

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