Flash flooding continues during heavy storms

Flash flooding continues during heavy storms

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Assistant City Manager Phil Roberson said Albany's drainage system is prepared to handle a 10-year rain event, but Sunday afternoon was different.

Rain basins and sewers can collect up to 2.8 inches per hour. Though, on Sunday Albany residents saw as much as 3 inches in half an hour.

"The system gets overwhelmed as the storm pipes back up into low lying areas," Roberson said.

Roberson explained that power outages exacerbated the problem causing storm stations to no longer operate.

"When you couple the amount of rain we got with the fact that we had power outages, it spells for localized flooding," Roberson said.

Albany's flat topography combined with old roads doesn't help. Eugemar Drive and West Second Avenue is a flat intersection that experienced flooding over the weekend.

"It was a heavier than usual rain yesterday. It blew off the man hole cover in the center of the intersection," Michael Brunson, an Albany native, explained.

Brunson has lived on West Second Avenue for more than 30 years. While the storms back in January were far worse in his eyes, he said that there are dangers with flash flooding.

"Nobody needs to get complacent because those big storms are over," Brunson said.

He and Roberson agree that when flash flooding occurs it's best to not go out, don't drive or let children play in the water. If a man hole cover comes off, you can drown.

"It's still incumbent on each of us to protect ourselves," Brunson said.

Brunson encourages everyone to not go out in severe weather unless absolutely necessary.

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