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      Public works prepare for torrential rains

      A holding pond in Albany.

      This week will be a soggy one for southwest Georgia and with heavy rain comes flooding.

      Dougherty County Public Works has been monitoring holding ponds to make sure they're able to contain excess water.

      So far, officials say the ponds are at normal levels and they don't predict that they'll have to use any pumps.

      For those areas prone to flooding, officials say sandbags may help.

      We're always ready and able to supply sandbags when we're getting a torrential amount of rain. If people are in need of sandbags then we have some available, said Chucky Mathis, Dougherty County Public Works Assistant Director.

      Mathis says grass in the yard will help prevent erosion, but it won't help much with absorbing the excess moisture from the rain.