Monday, October 25, 2021

Water rescue operation launched in central Alabama amid floods

7 October (WNN) — Officials in central Alabama worked to save dozens of waters overnight on Wednesday as several counties were flooded after the onslaught of rain.

The National Weather Service Birmingham said Jefferson and Shelby counties were facing “life-threatening flooding”, while Blount County was also flooded.

“Scanners are constantly calling for assistance. Please stay home!” service requested via twitter. “Don’t enter the flood waters if you’re already traveling.”

The service said a flash flood emergency had been issued and would remain in effect from Birmingham to Pelham until 5 a.m. Thursday. Although the rain stopped after dumping up to 10 inches overnight, the runoff continued to cause significant flooding with “large impacts”.

Pelham Police Department informed of Wednesday night at 11:35 that it had received over 30 water rescue calls with more coming in.

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“We can’t stress this enough: If you don’t have an emergency, please don’t call Dispatch right now,” Dept. said.

The Pelham Fire Department said early Thursday that dozens of water rescue operations were underway.

Jim Coker, director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, told CNN there were no casualties but that the effects of the flood would be felt in the coming weeks.

“The crews will check the damage tomorrow and check the infrastructure, which is everything from roadways to pipelines to powerlines,” Coker said.

Pelham City School said Classes on Thursday will be delayed by two hours due to the condition of roads and floods in the area.

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