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Crews unclog drains ahead of heavy rain

Heavy rains are headed for south Georgia and crews are busy unclogging sewer drains to help prepare. (Source: WALB) Heavy rains are headed for south Georgia and crews are busy unclogging sewer drains to help prepare. (Source: WALB)
In areas of Albany that usually see street flooding, big vaccum trucks were unclogging storm drains on Monday. (Source: WALB) In areas of Albany that usually see street flooding, big vaccum trucks were unclogging storm drains on Monday. (Source: WALB)
Albany Public Works Director Richard Bramlett (Source: WALB) Albany Public Works Director Richard Bramlett (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany and Dougherty County Public Works crews were busy Monday preparing for heavy rains that are expected in the coming week.

In areas of Albany that usually see street flooding, big vacuum trucks were unclogging storm drains, to make sure they could drain the expected rainfall.  The drains on Peachtree Terrace had a lot of pine straw in the gutter, that city workers removed.

Public works officials are asking residents to help them check their streets for clogged drains.

"We advise people not to put anything in the gutter line. Put it on the side, by the street to be picked up. When they do clean their yards, get the pine straw out of the gutters, and that kind of thing. That would help us tremendously," said Albany Public Works Director Richard Bramlett.

Public works officials also checked pond levels around the city and county, to make sure they were low enough to handle extra rain.

In Albany, residents can report street flooding problems by calling 311.

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