SGT. Shawn Urquhart Post commander of Albany Post 4
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The dangers of flooding are focus of severe weather awareness week in Georgia. 2013 was the ninth wettest year on record Albany and we saw widespread flooding across South Georgia. Now is the time to prepare for what is typically the wettest time of the year.
One main rule to follow is doing drive on a flooded road.
"Turn around don't drown! It's always a good clique to remember when you come across those areas call 911 or any of the public works offices to make them aware of these areas and they will come out assess it and do the proper things to those roadways safe," said Chucky Mathis Dougherty Asst. Public Works Dir.
When water covers state highways, the Georgia State Patrol works with the Georgia Department of Transportation to ensure your safety.
"We man those roads and those reeks for 24 hours or we have people there. GDOT will come out and set up barricades and we stay out and make sure nobody goes around," said SGT. Shawn Urquhart Post commander of Albany Post 40.
Since major flooding problems in 2009, Dougherty County has worked to improve drainage in dozens of low lying areas that tend to hold water.
"We've also upgraded and installed some pumping from main pumping at stations and various low lying areas. To move water that storm water comes in and out of those areas," said Mathis.
State troopers also encourage drivers to slow down when the roads are slick and when there is standing water.
We had numerous incidents last year with drivers not following these guidelines , so hopefully between this construction and the county completing upgrades in other areas, there will be fewer areas where folks need to remember the phrase, turn around don't drown!