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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Southwest Georgia Power companies are bracing for strong winds from Ida. If the soaking rains come first, it could leave many customers in the dark if trees topple and take power lines with them. Georgia Power, Water, Gas, and Light, and Georgia EMC's checked their supplies and put crews on standby.
For Georgia Power crews it was the calm before the storm. Many crews were finishing up their routine maintenance jobs, replacing transformers, while managers were making plans for what could potentially be several long days. "We have had conversations with our sister companies where we are trying to anticipate the needs of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and of course southern Georgia here," said Georgia Power Area Manager Jay Smith.
At Mitchell EMC crews were going over what they've got on each truck and in their stockyard. "Our guys are gearing up, making sure that their trucks are stocked, that their trucks are gassed, that they have all the supplies they need. We're checking warehouse inventory," said Evera Moye, Mitchell EMC Marketing Vice President.
Each stockyard is supplied with a pile of poles, wire, and transformers and crews say they're ready for whatever comes southwest Georgia's way. "We're always in a state of preparedness it just depend on what season it is, what we're prepared for," Smith said.
At Mitchell EMC They've even worked out the details of getting food to crews too busy to stop and for those who might be sent outside southwest Georgia. "We do have resources for taking food to them even lodging if its required," said Moye.
Crews say it doesn't take much wind for trees to fall or for limbs to snap, leaving a neighborhood in the dark, that's why they'll be prepared for whatever Ida may bring.
Power officials say if you have an outage in your neighborhood, don't assume your neighbor has reported it. They say you should call to report the outage and then they ask for your patience while they get crews routed to your street. Remember depending on how bad the damage is it could take some time for crews to respond.
Georgia Power managers say they've tried to work it so that Southern Company crews responding to storm damage travel through southwest Georgia on their way to help communities in Alabama or Florida in case there's much damage in southwest Georgia.