ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County Public Works crews are lowering holding ponds and preparing for heavy rainfall, and they're paying close attention to areas that flooded during heavy spring rain.
We all remember when more than a dozen inches of rain fell across parts of South Georgia in the spring. Some homes were flooded, roads were closed for weeks.
While Ida isn't expected to bring major flooding, public works crews were back in those neighborhoods most impacted earlier this year to make certain a repeat doesn't happen.
In addition to lowering holding pond levels, public works is also getting equipment ready in case of downed trees by high wind gusts. Spring flooding was a problem in 49 areas of Dougherty County. The public works department has since bought an additional pump to help move water away from homes.
Homes on Mockingbird Lane in Radium Springs remain in different stages of repair after more than a dozen inches of rain flooded them back in the spring. People here don't want a repeat.
"We want to just assure our citizens that everything that our county government and staff can do to protect them, to provide relief when those kind of events happen, we're doing that. We're doing that," said Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes.
While rain from Ida isn't expected to pack anywhere near the same punch as those storms, public works crews are working just the same to prevent that from happening again.
"We always, when we have events like this where it's targeted at us or north of us, we try to go ahead and pull these ponds on down just in case it shifts and we do get more rain than expected," said Dougherty Co. Public Works Director Larry Cook.
But these holding ponds are designed to handle the amount of rainfall that's expected over the next couple of days.
"I understand we're anticipating between one and five inches of rain and that's manageable, certainly much more so than the 18-20 we had back in the spring," Hayes said.
And even though a wash out isn't expected, they'll be prepared, just in case.