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Heavy rains would cause more problems

Albany pumps water near Alberson Drive Albany pumps water near Alberson Drive
Lee Co. pumps water near Oakland parkway Lee Co. pumps water near Oakland parkway

Public Work officials in both Dougherty and Lee Counties are doing what they can to prepare for expected rains that could total over four inches.

They are trying to pump water from areas that are holding water to others so that it can flow naturally to the Flint River basin.

Albany public works has a huge pump working on Wellington Drive, moving water from the Shannon Pond, which is overflowing its banks.

 "A lot of our ponds are full right now. So what we're trying to do is move the water out of the ponds that are full and just some of the systems that have the capacity that can handle it.  So we can keep it out of folks' houses," said Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson.

In Lee County a pump that has been running for a week straight is serviced, so that it can continue pumping this overflowing water that closed Oakland Parkway last week.  Lee County has worked round the clock pumping as much water as possible out of this low lying area, but officials say the ground is just saturated and can't absorb anymore.

"Right now we are in preventative mode, right now.  We got the water down.  But what we are looking at now is trying to get it down even further.  Because of the anticipation of more rain coming now," said Lee County Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk.

Lee County officials say they have received 16 inches of rain so far this month, Albany about 12 inches.  Officials say holding ponds are still full from the last storms, not draining into the saturated ground.  So Albany and Lee County public works are laying hoses to pump water to other areas, draining these holding ponds to hold this week's rains. 

"Well we are going to have a lot more issues again. Because there is just nowhere for this water to go," Sistrunk said.

So pumps and hoses are being used to drain these ponds as much as possible, before the next storm.

"Unfortunately all the ponds being full limits what they can do, as a component of the collection system.  So we have to artificially pump it over hills and into the systems to keep it from flooding systems," Roberson said.

Pumps and people working overtime to make room for tomorrows forecast rains.



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