Albany officials prepare for storm

Albany officials prepare for storm
Crews did street sweeping on Friday. (Source: WALB)
Jenna Chang is the Dougherty County Emergency Management Specialist. (Source: WALB)
Jenna Chang is the Dougherty County Emergency Management Specialist. (Source: WALB)
Officials are not expecting the Flint River to flood. (Source: WALB)
Officials are not expecting the Flint River to flood. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Top emergency management officials in Albany and Dougherty County have been preparing for the weekend weather for the past few days.

While many people were out enjoying the sunshine before the dark clouds and raindrops arrive, emergency officials were inside hard at work.

"A lot of what's going on now is monitoring," explained Emergency Management Specialist Jenna Chang. "Monitoring and preparation."

Chang said with the current storm projections they won't be opening the emergency operations center unless the predicted impact changes.

"The EOCs will activate virtually if we need to and we will have our emergency support functions on standby incase our community starts to see impact," said Chang.

For days, public works crews were out making sure the drains aren't clogged, especially in areas that are prone to flooding.

"I think like all storms we prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but I feel like we are prepared for this storm," explained Albany Public Works Interim Director, Stacey Rowe. 

They've also brought in six inch pumps in case holding ponds begin to flood.

"Before it starts going into the banks and into areas that we can't control, we can hook up lines and it will pump into areas that we can maintain control," explained Rowe. 

But it's not just the rainfall that is concerning emergency officials. 

"Really it's that saturation of the soil that may very well cause young trees, shallow rooted trees, those who have sustained damage in previous storms to uproot," said Chang.

Officials do expect some power outages, though with you should too.

"We want to encourage the community to prepare themselves by making sure they have their emergency kits with their food, water, medications important documents, anything you'd have to stand in line at a government office to replace," explained Chang.

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