Thomasville, Ga. — U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock delivered upgrades to Thomasville’s infrastructure to protect families and businesses from flooding.
Working together, Sens. Ossoff and Warnock secured bipartisan support in Congress to help the city implement Phase 1 of its wastewater master plan to address structural challenges worsened by Hurricane Michael in 2018.
According to local residents and officials, stormwater is currently infiltrating the city’s wastewater system — causing water to overflow. The project aims to replace the system’s mechanics, pipes, and structure.
“Senator Warnock and I are delivering wastewater infrastructure upgrades to Thomasville to prevent floods that pose a health safety risk to Georgians,” Sen. Ossoff said. “These upgrades will build safer, longer-lasting water infrastructure and protect Georgians’ health and safety.”
“Senator Ossoff and I are committed to protecting and investing in the health and well-being of Georgians in every corner of the state, and that is why I am proud we were able to secure these critical funds to upgrade Thomasville’s wastewater infrastructure,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “By investing in these public health upgrades, we are not only building a safer and more resilient water infrastructure, but also a more secure future for Georgians.”
“We are appreciative of the support from Senator Ossoff and Senator Warnock as we move forward with improvements to the City of Thomasville’s wastewater system through our multi-year capital improvement plan,” Thomasville Mayor Jay Flowers said. “This support will benefit our residents and ensure continued growth for our city well into the future.”
“It is the goal of the Suwannee-Satilla Water Council to support meaningful projects that address issues identified in our plan and region. We are pleased to join Senator Ossoff, Senator Warnock, and Chairman Royal in support of Mayor Flowers and the City of Thomasville’s Stormwater Infrastructure upgrade,” Scott Downing, Chairman of the Suwannee-Satilla Water Council said. “Addressing systems such as this one is the tip of the spear for improving and solving water issues in our region and we appreciate the work of Mayor Flower’s staff, the grant writers and the staffs of Senators Ossoff and Warnock in seeing the project to the finish line.”
“The City of Thomasville has frequently faced issues with its water quality and stormwater management system,” Richard Royal, Chair of Lower Flint-Ochlockonee Water Planning Council, said. “Thanks to Senator Ossoff and his team, Thomasville will now have the capabilities to weather heavy rain events and protect its residents from flooding. We are grateful for the Senator’s partnership in upgrading the City’s wastewater system.”
Sens. Ossoff and Warnock secured $1,200,000 for the project with bipartisan support in last year’s government funding package.
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