Ponds Protect Athens from Floodwaters

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT)  –  As rain drenched the Tennessee Valley, four ponds in the city of Athens protected from the floodwaters that stacked up so quickly.

Four detention ponds throughout the city protected key areas from flooding.

The ponds came as the result of a drainage study done in Athens nearly 40 years ago.
Without them, the city would be subject to potentially devastating flooding.

“That drainage basin that it retains or holds water back is about a thousand acres that would be flowing uncontrolled if we didn’t have the detention area there,” said James Rich, the Athens Public Works Director.

Rich says the ponds were strategically built in different parts of the city.

There are two north of Elm Street, one behind the West Hobbs Church of Christ on Hobbs Street and the fourth off Market Street.

The ponds were paid for by community development block grants.

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