April 30, 2014
Valdosta, GA - With inches of rain accumulating all over the Big Bend, crews are on the move to make sure the excessive rain doesn't mean flooding.
The City of Valdosta has been working around the clock to make sure there are no issues with flooding or manhole overflows.
You can typically find flooded streets in Valdosta when it rains. Today was no exception. Luckily crews with the city's Stormwater Division have been hard at work to keep water out of the streets and in clear storm drains.
The city has a Vac-Con truck they use to clean out water and sewer lines to be sure water flows through and avoids flooding. The City says they know which areas are prone to flooding, and always check those places first. Then they put a hose down in to the pipe and either flush away any blockages, or they can pump water out of a drain.
"On a rainy day, I have to get out here as quick as I can. I could get a phone call all over Valdosta. I try to get the water moving promptly; as soon as I can, cause if another person calls, I don't want them to back up also, because it will cause damage", says Curtis Wade, Storm Division Director for The City of Valdosta.
When the water is moving properly, it flows in to a retention pond where it will stay until water levels go down and doesn't cause any damage.
The City says they encourage anyone who sees water in the road or coming out of a manhole to call the City's after hours hotline at 229-333-1832.