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County moving forward with storm drainage improvements

ALBANY, Ga.: Six projects out of a list of 11 identified after a severe March 2009 flood in Southern Dougherty County have been completed to help improve drainage in those areas, public works officials say.

In total, the county has spent $433,024 in special local option sales tax money to improve the storm drainage of eight different locations with six of those being 100 percent complete, Public Works Director Larry Cook told commissioners Monday.

Following torrential rains that inundated many South Dougherty County neighborhoods, the commission charged public works with developing a list of storm drainage projects to help thwart future flooding associated with large amounts of rainfall.

A 48-project list was developed and the commission gave the go ahead to fund the top 11 projects with $991,722 in SPLOST funding. With almost half of the projects done, public works have spent just under half the funds.