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Public Works eyes more potential flooding

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Waters have subsided from February, but Public Works tells us anytime they hear of severe weather or heavy rain, they're always have to be alert and that you should be too.

Albany saw about twenty inches in February alone. And with more expected rains to come this spring, Dougherty County Public works wants to let you know they're already preparing. "We're always listening to the weather and we're always being mindful of potential flooding and what could happen," said Chucky Mathis of Public Works.

With the possibility of more heavy rains this spring, public works is keeping an eye on places  that were flooded just last month. Water has been lowered in designated pump stations and retention ponds so they can hold more potential rain. And in case of high winds or other weather threats public works has prepared chainsaws and dump trucks for trees and other debris.

Not all flooding can be prevented, and they say there's always one good rule to follow if you come across places with high water. "It's always said when it's raining and you're approaching a road or an area where there's flooding, the old saying is 'turn around, don't drown.' We advocate that." Mathis said.

Public works says if water begins to rise again on roads in Albany they will shut them down to keep the public safe. Public works can't work on private property when flooding occurs but they do offer free sand bags if it is expected.

 

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