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Storms leave their mark

Phil Roberson Phil Roberson
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In Dougherty County, heavy thunderstorms created a lot of water and lightning damage. Close to eight inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours.

Whispering Pines Road was covered with water and closed Christmas Eve.

A lightning strike hit a gas line in the 1600 block of Sharon Drive, sparking a fire.

Lightning also hit the city's pump station on 11th Avenue, knocking out two big pumps. This morning, city crews installed two temporary pumps to move the large amount of water building up in streets and yards in the area.

"It's backed up through the system for several miles. So we are going to put these diesel pumps over here and try to keep it going. But folks just need to be cautious driving through these low lying areas. Because it's going to be a while before we get all the water out of here," said Phil Roberson, Albany Asst. City Manager.

Dougherty County EMA officials are monitoring low-lying areas near creeks that often flood, expecting those creeks to rise in the next 24 hours.

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