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Rains covers many Albany area yards

The rain that's fallen has no place to drain in some areas The rain that's fallen has no place to drain in some areas
Some yards in and around Albany have standing water Some yards in and around Albany have standing water
Water covers most of this Lovers Lane Road yard Water covers most of this Lovers Lane Road yard
This tree fell on Scrap Israel Road near Dawson because of wet soil not holding the roots, and wind blew it over. Experts expect more trees to fall because of saturation. (Lee Harper) This tree fell on Scrap Israel Road near Dawson because of wet soil not holding the roots, and wind blew it over. Experts expect more trees to fall because of saturation. (Lee Harper)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 Albany Public Works is using pumps to move water to places where it can still go.

The holding pond on Bellingham Drive is practically full, and they are pumping water over to Greenoch Avenue where a ditch carries the water away.

Several homeowners tell WALB that they stayed home today to make sure that they can deal with water, if it comes into their homes.

Bernice Heart is one the homeowners on Bellingham Lane, watching as the water from the Bellingham holding pond inches across her backyard, but not in her home.

"No, not yet.  But that's what I'm concerned about.  It's getting kind of high back there," Heart said.

Bellingham , Shannon, and Mitchell Holding ponds do not have downfalls, and because they are nearly full, Albany officials are pumping water out of them.

"They were designed to retain the storm water.  So when we get 12 inches of rain in a 30 day period, they get over capacity," Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson said.

One of the city's biggest portable pumps has been working to drain the pond all day.  It's pumping 600 gallons of water a minute, through hoses to Greenoch Avenue a couple of blocks away, where that water is running to another system of run off ditches in that neighborhood.

"It's a balancing act," Roberson said  "And we're trying our best to make sure we move it out of our pond into another system, and again don't cause problems at the system we are sending it to."

Another neighbor, Charles Freeman, collected sandbags this morning, and has them ready if needed at his home. Heart said she is keeping close watch on the rising water and praying.

Is she ready to see it stop raining?  "Yes! Yes, oh yes!"

The big pump keeps working, keeping the overflow from Bellingham Pond to a minimum. The future Storm Water Utility plan will include forced mains on those holding ponds, and will solve more of these flooding issues when it's finished.

 

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