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Albany Utilities prepares for storm

Crews have also cut back branches near power lines (Source: WALB) Crews have also cut back branches near power lines (Source: WALB)
Street cleaners have worked to remove debris along roadways (Source: WALB) Street cleaners have worked to remove debris along roadways (Source: WALB)
Overflow basins have been drained to help with possible flooding (Source: WALB) Overflow basins have been drained to help with possible flooding (Source: WALB)
Albany Utilities has been working all week to prepare for the storms (Source: WALB) Albany Utilities has been working all week to prepare for the storms (Source: WALB)
Phil Roberson, Assistant City Manager for Albany (Source: WALB) Phil Roberson, Assistant City Manager for Albany (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Utilities has been preparing all week for the possible severe weather

Workers with Albany Utilities have checked ponds and flood basins to make sure they are as low as possible. 

Crews have also been sweeping streets in low lying areas to remove debris. This allows runoff to drain more easily. 

As for trees, line crews have been cutting limbs near power lines for the past six months. 

Assistant City Manager Phil Roberson said he hopes because of the ongoing trimming of trees, they'll see fewer limbs down on power lines.

However, he said they are ready if problems do occur. 

"When you have these high winds in Albany as a tree city you're going to have those kinds of problems," explained Roberson, "But we can usually respond pretty quickly to get them back going when it's an isolated situation."

As for river flooding, Roberson doesn't believe that will be an issue. 

If the storm were to turn east, Roberson said every foot the Flint river rises utility workers know what to do, such as opening and closing gates.

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