Valdosta Daily Times

March 25, 2013

Overflow reported in city

Weekend rains cause problem on Meadowbrook Drive


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Weekend rains in and around Valdosta caused an overflow situation Sunday on Meadowbrook Drive, according to city officials.

Officially, a storm system that moved across Valdosta late Saturday and early Sunday dumped 1.01 inches of rain as measured at the Valdosta Regional Airport, according to Don Harrington, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee, Fla., office.

The same storm system dumped considerably more rain — between 3 and 4 inches — in the extreme northern and southern portions of Lowndes County, he said.

An overflow took place on Meadowbrook Drive around 11 a.m. Sunday, but should have been stopped by about 6:30 p.m., according to Sementha Mathews, public information officer for the City of Valdosta.

City Manager Larry Hanson said that, to his knowledge, only one manhole was involved in the overflow.

City workers spoke with residents to inform them about the cleanup process, Mathews said.

The city’s environmental manager, John Waite, will be examining the situation today to determine the volume of the overflow, she said.

The problem with overflows is a “regional issue, not just Valdosta,” Mathews said, since rainfall north of the city flows downstream and causes problems locally. She said the city is looking forward to an upcoming meeting with the U.S. Corps of Engineers and other agencies to deal with the problem.

No tornadoes or other severe weather accompanied the heavy rainfall in Lowndes County over the weekend, Harrington said. Strong winds caused damage Saturday in Berrien County.