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Dougherty Co. prepares for this weekend's possible rain

Dougherty County Public Works has had crews on standby all week because of the chance of severe weather this weekend.  (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Public Works has had crews on standby all week because of the chance of severe weather this weekend.  (Source: WALB)
Crews have also been working on trouble issues where they see a lot of flooding in the county when there is heavy rain. (Source: WALB) Crews have also been working on trouble issues where they see a lot of flooding in the county when there is heavy rain. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County Public Works has had crews on standby all week because of the chance of severe weather this weekend. 

"Lime sinks. South Georgia's full of lime sinks," said Chuck Mathis, the Assistant Director of Dougherty County Public Works. 

However, for the people living in Georgia, lime sinks may mean trouble, but Dougherty County Public Works is preparing. 

"We're pretty much ready," said Mathis.

Which is right in time for this weekend's heavy rain.

"We've got chainsaws set out and ready, our pumps have been checked and such things so we're as poised as we can be," said Mathis.

This means having someone on call at all times.

"If anything happens, whether it be at two, three o'clock, four o'clock in the morning, the chainsaw is right there. All they got to do is grab a chainsaw, sign it out and go do whatever task they're assigned to do," said Russel Allenbaugh, the Fleet Maintenance Manager for Dougherty County. 

Crews have also been working on trouble issues where they see a lot of flooding in the county when there is heavy rain. 

"Typically we'll check out hazardous spots, those areas that would normally be a problem. We've checked a lot of those since the last storm, since the last rain event we've had," said Mathis.

Workers aren't just fixing damages from last year's storms, there also looking to create solutions for future problems caused by sudden rainstorms. 

"We're in construction of a new pond in one of the low lying areas out in Radium that typically would flood, so we're making improvements in that area," Mathis said.

This isn't anything new for the employees of the Public Works. 

"Its just another day," said Allenbaugh.

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