Streets closed, wrecks ensue as weather hits Bainbridge, Decatur Co.

Published 8:42 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Heavy rainfall caused minor flooding in parts of Bainbridge Tuesday afternoon as an area of low pressure moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Several streets were intermittently closed as water pooled over them between noon and 3 p.m.

“We had to wait on the storm drains to catch up,” Bainbridge city manager Chris Hobby said of the flooded streets. “In most cases, that’s the problem in the city. The pipes just aren’t large enough to handle a heavy downpour for a sustained period.”

About three inches fell over a span of two hours during the afternoon from the slow-moving showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

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Hobby said that the rainfall Tuesday wasn’t unusual but that the last few years have been relatively quiet in terms of rainfall from tropical storms and hurricanes.

“With something like [Tuesday] we don’t have a lot of time to prepare, so it’s mostly about making sure the storm drains are clear,” Hobby said.

Bainbridge Public Safety reported several accidents as a result of the rainfall and flooding and advised citizens to not drive in such conditions unless absolutely necessary.

BPS Director Jerry Carter said that the roads were cleared by 4 p.m. and that there were no major injuries or damage reported.

In the meantime, the Atlantic is about halfway through hurricane season, and Tropical Depression Grace is expected to hit land in the Southeast Caribbean Friday morning. The storm was downgraded from a tropical storm to a depression Tuesday.

Hobby said that in the case of more severe storms, such as tropical storms or hurricanes, the city prepares by draining holding ponds to help hand the volume of rainfall.