Rain causes problems for utility workers

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - All the rain is causing several problems across Columbus, especially for companies trying to do work around the city. News Leader Nine found out how utility companies are affected by the showers.

Jim Patterson, the Senior Vice-President of Columbus Water Works said, "Both sewer systems: the storm sewer system which is maintained by the city and the sanitary which is maintained by Columbus Water Works, have both been affected by access flow in the line."

All this rain has affected work on projects like the one near Lakebottom Park.

"It's a project we had on the books anyway for the future but with the problems we decided to go ahead and do it right away," Patterson told News Leader Nine. But they aren't going to let a little water stand in the way of all the projects they have around the city, "At 52nd and Armour Road we have problems in that line which will probably cause construction work. We're in the process of trying to identify that problem."

Georgia Power takes advantage of the dams along the Chattahoochee River to power the area, but sometime the water gets too high.

Arnold Lindsay is the Manager for the Chattahoochee River Hydro Plant. He told News Leader Nine, "If we get more flow than we can generate through the turbines to make electricity then we open the spillway gate to keep it from flooding."

Lindsay said the river was experiencing flooding last week, but that problem has since been fixed,  "We did have three gates open last week for a while and it flooded a few things but since then its under control and we have nothing open."

Georgia Power officials tell us they have tentative plans to open one gate at the lake Oliver dam later Thursday night. The Columbus and Phenix City end of the Chattahoochee may seem some water spilling over, but serious flooding shouldn't be a problem.