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Albany business owners, tourists concerned about rainfall over the weekend

Business owners aren't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront Park is built. (Source: WALB) Business owners aren't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront Park is built. (Source: WALB)
Femi Anderson, owner of Renassiance Art Cafe (Source: WALB) Femi Anderson, owner of Renassiance Art Cafe (Source: WALB)
Nekesha Crawford and family enjoying downtown weather. (Source: WALB) Nekesha Crawford and family enjoying downtown weather. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Officials are keeping an eye on the Flint River, which runs through downtown Albany, as they continue to track heavy rain that is headed to the area.

Business owners, who sit right by the river and tourists said they are more concerned about the rain than the river flooding.

"One of the things I love about being this close is being close to the water and being close to the park, but there also is caution in that because you don't know what may happen that could cause a flood," said Renaissance Art Cafe owner Femi Anderson.

Renaissance Art Cafe is now open for business, hosting its first week of parties. But with the rain expected to head our way, Anderson is taking precautions because her business sits right in front of the Flint River. 

"We won't be open on Sunday or Monday and we're going to close down early on Saturday," explained Anderson.

Despite the projected five to seven inches of rainfall, Anderson said she isn't too concerned about the potential of flooding due to how the Riverfront Park is built.

"The river is structured next to the park, so I'm assuming most of the water will probably be stopped by the hilliness of the area," said Anderson.

Tourists also enjoyed the weather on Thursday, not knowing if they will get the chance to over the holiday weekend.

"Enjoying the breeze because it wasn't so hot so it made it bearable," said tourist Nekesha Crawford.

Crawford said even if the Flint River does flood she isn't concerned it will affect the park.

"It happens every year when the heavy rain comes in, it floods it out but the park is still beautiful," said Crawford.

Crawford and her family will be staying indoors over Memorial Day but she is looking forward to enjoying the park after the rain passes.

"I think they're well prepared. I think Albany is well prepared," said Crawford.

 Anderson said she will be in contact with downtown officials to see if any plans will be put in place if the water reaches the buildings.

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