Douglas County explain how they prepare for flooding - CBS46 News

Douglas County explain how they prepare for flooding

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Heavy rain, lightning and thunder moved into Douglas County early Wednesday evening.

The Office of Emergency Management for Douglas County said it spent much of the day monitoring the radar and keeping an eye on one particular area. Director Jason Milhollin said Mount Vernon road near Woodrow Wilson Park is prone to flooding.

Residents like William Sands said once Sweetwater Creek overflows onto Mount Vernon road, many people become trapped in their immediate surroundings.

“Once it starts flooding out here, you can’t get nowhere,” said Sands, “I couldn’t go into work, I had to call in. It was about 3 or 4 days before I could go to work”.

Milhollin said he’s prepared to shut down roadways like Mount Vernon road. He also took other courses of action to properly prepare for the anticipated storm.

The director told CBS46 a 14-person dive team and rescue boat were on standby. He also said he’s working with at least nine other city and county agencies who are ready to respond to any emergencies.

Milhollin also said it’s vital that storm drains are clear. When CBS46 checked to verify that leaves were removed from storm drains, it was found that the Douglasville storm management team reported no issues with almost 12 thousand catch basins. 

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