City ready to deal with rain

Published 8:24 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2009

City of Bainbridge employees were working through Tuesday night to stay on top of the effects of a rainstorm that threatened to inundate city streets.

According to the National Weather Service, Bainbridge and the surrounding region could receive between one and three inches of rain by Wednesday. Some areas south and west of Bainbridge, including the eastern Florida Panhandle, were forecast to receive more than three inches of rain overnight.

Local government officials and employees, including Bainbridge Public Safety officers, attended an emergency preparedness meeting held Tuesday morning regarding the storm, City Manager Chris Hobby said.

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A crew of Public Works employees was planned to join Public Safety in working through the night to monitor how the rain would impact the city’s streets, sewer system and stormwater drainage ponds, Hobby said. The workers were ready to put up barricades and remove trees blocking roadways if necessary, he said.

Anyone who cannot get out of their home due to flash flooding or has any other storm-related problem before 7:30 a.m. can call 911, which will dispatch officers and city employees, Hobby said. A full shift of Public Works employees will come on at 7:30 a.m., at which time anyone with a non-emergency concern caused by the storm can call Bainbridge Public Works at 248-2014.

A flash flood watch for an area including Bainbridge was in effect beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday and ending late Wednesday night. A flash flood watch means that heavy rainfall is possible, which could lead to flooding of urbanized or low-lying areas. Never attempt to drive through an area that is flooded, as the depth of the water may be too great for cars to pass safely, the National Weather Service cautions.