Valdosta sees rainy start to the weekend

By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 14, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- A rain filled Friday made for a not so peachy start to the weekend in the Peach State.

Friday's all day rain came just a few weeks after a major storm washed out and closed roads around South Georgia. City of Valdosta staff said this all day, slow and steady rain is much easier for systems to handle.

No major issues were reported Friday from the rain.

City crews were out clearing ditches through the storm. 15 crew members were out around the city Friday, making sure water was flowing where it was supposed to, preventing water from building up on streets and in yards.

All of this work, staff said, is what they do every day to prevent issues from popping up.

"A lot of people ask, you know, what are your guys doing. Well, this is something that we do Monday through Friday, eight hours per day," said Storm Water Manager Angela Bray. "If we actually waited for the storm, or for inches of rain to come down, then we'd be in a big mess."

There are a few things that people can do to help these storms pass through smoothly, like keeping yards free if any debris or litter, anything that can clog up those drainage ditches.