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Albany Public Works says they are ready ahead of rain event

Chuck Mathis, Assistant Director of Public Works Chuck Mathis, Assistant Director of Public Works
Jason Hillhouse, Drainage Manager Jason Hillhouse, Drainage Manager
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Southwest Georgia could see another 1 to 3 inches of rain over the next 24 hours, and Dougherty County Public Works crews have been busy preparing pumping stations.

Crews brought out pumps to lower levels in retention ponds in east Dougherty County and in Putney.

"The first part of this week, we got word we're expected to have 1 to 3 inches of rain," said Assistant Director of Public Works Chuck Mathis. "Our all our ponds were pretty much full from that last event and we hadn't started pumping water."

They began pumping last week. Mathis said ponds gained some capacity for storm water after the last rain event, and is hopeful this next one does not produce much.

Nicole Soper recently moved to Albany and lives directly across the street from a pumping station in the Pine Bluff area that is prone to flooding. But she says she isn't concerned about water spilling over from the pond.

"Well, I mean it is loud, Soper noted, "but if it's going to keep houses from flooding then, I think its a good thing."

Public Works says starting the pumping process early is necessary.

"The ground is already saturated, so you're getting a lot of run off," said Drainage Manager Jason Hillhouse. "The low-lying areas don't have the retention that they had so we had to pump them down."

Public works will move the pumps around to different stations. The water will then go to other retention areas and eventually into the river, away from low lying areas.

Dougherty County Public Works officials don't anticipate major problems overnight and Wednesday.

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