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Dougherty County Public Works employees filling sandbags on Wednesday in preparation for heavy rain Dougherty County Public Works employees filling sandbags on Wednesday in preparation for heavy rain
Donell Mathis, Do. Co. Environmental Control Manager Donell Mathis, Do. Co. Environmental Control Manager
Phil Roberson, Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson, Albany Public Works Director
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The city of Albany and Dougherty County are gearing up for some heavy rains that could bring flash flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch until the end of the week for most of South Georgia. After rain forecasts have been revised, many sand bags may not be used.

But public works employees have been paying a lot of attention to holding ponds that could overflow if too much rain moves in.

Sand bags could be the final barrier for many residents as storm clouds continue to move in. The county public works department decided to take the initiative just in case the area gets hammered with heavy storms.

"It's a concern because we've got a lot of rain coming, and we've had some rain already recently in the area. So there is some concerns about the amount of rain that we get and what can we do to combat the problem," said Donell Mathis, Do. Co. Environmental Control Manager.

And some of that preparation involves filling sandbags before heavy storms hit the area.

"Right now, there's no set limit on how many we're gonna fill up. We're gonna try to prepare ourselves, so when the time comes, we'll have the need for the citizens that need sand bags when the time arrives," said Mathis.

Our weather team has forecasted two to three inches of rain over the next few days. And the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood for much of the area warning until Friday.

"This is not going to be a river event, or a stream event, you know, which is what we had in 1994. This is gonna be a local rain fall event," said Phil Roberson, Albany Public Works Director.

The city of Albany public works department is also keeping a close eye on the storms, and has put out some portable pumps at some ponds around town to prevent flooding. "You know, June was a very unusual month for rainfall. And the problem you have with that is Albany has a very flat topography. And because of the fact you have ponds all over Albany that retain the water, and detain it as it moves from one area to another," Roberson said.

Roberson says most of the storms have stayed fifty miles to the west so far. "Right now it looks like most of that rainfall is happening on the Georgia-Alabama line. If it's anticipated that it moves a little east, then we're prepared for that."

And until that happens, the county and the city will continue prepping for potential flooding. The city hasn't begun filling sand bags yet, but Roberson says they plan to if the rain gets heavy enough. He urges the public to keep a close eye on their property, and exercise caution when driving on the roads.

The county public works employees finished filling their bags around 3:30 this afternoon. County residents can pick up the bags at the public works department, or call (229)430-6120 for more information.

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