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Dougherty Co. officials prepare for flooding

Chief Ron Rowe Chief Ron Rowe

Dougherty County and Albany Emergency Management officials say the forecast for a lower crest on the Flint River this week has the city in a better situation for now.

The Flint is now forecast to crest at 31 feet and seven inches on Tuesday night, which is about two feet lower than predicted on Saturday.          

Officials say Albany is not completely out of flood danger and urge people in low-lying areas to stay vigilant.

"Most people have been living in low lying areas or by the waterway are accustomed to water rising and falling," said Chief Ron Rowe. "What we're looking at right now is a crest along the 2009 levels."

EMA officials opened the Emergency Operations Center in the Dougherty Co. Courthouse Sunday morning. A briefing was also held with all support function departments.         

That afternoon they scaled back the manpower when the river crest forecast was lowered.

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