Members of the Albany Fire Department attempt to explore the flooded area of Parr Road Wednesday to locate resident in need of help. The water level proved to shallow to lift the boat from its trailer. No residents of the area were found to be in danger.
ALBANY, Ga. -- A number of residences sustained some flooding damage Wednesday as a result of heavy rains and the overflowing of Piney Wood Creek, according to local fire officials.
Allen Cravey, assistant chief of the Albany Fire Department, said most of the flooding occurred in lower areas of Parr Road, Plum Crest and Radial Avenues, as well as in the community of Acree located east of Albany.
As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, water on the 3700 block of Radial Avenue had advanced several feet beyond the warning drums placed there some two hours earlier.
In that period, it was determined that at least most of the homes on Parr and Radial were unoccupied, or that the residents were able to enter and leave the homes without danger to themselves. However, five individuals were seen gathered on the porch of what appeared to be 3723 Radial Avenue.
"They've been here since we arrived this morning," said Jim Vaught, assistant chief at the Albany Albany-Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency. "We're not really sure about it, but assume they want to be rescued."
At about 10 a.m., members of the Albany Fire Department arrived with a flat-bottom boat with an outboard motor. The intention, according to Cravey, was to explore the extensive flooding to determine if anyone was in their homes and unable to escape. Despite the expanse of water, the depth was insufficient to lift the boat from its trailer.
Ultimately, a team member waded to the one house known to be occupied. Residents there confirmed that exiting was still possible from their rear entrance. They declined help or rescue.
According to Cravey, no further rescue launches were planned. Instead, the area will be monitored and assistance rendered if necessary.
"We'll just have to wait until the creek goes down and the water resides," Cravey said. "We'll keep an eye on things til then."
Residents on Radial Avenue area said the low-lying areas are prone to flooding "any time there's six or seven inches of rain."