AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Heavy rains in north and central Alabama over the last week has caused flooding across parts of the state. According to the National Weather Service in Huntsville, the Tennesse River will continue rising to near 24.5 feet by early afternoon Tuesday, Feb. 26. The NWS warns additional rises may be possible. At 24 feet, the NWS said thousands of acres will be flooded on both sides of the river, with some homes completely underwater and many roads flooded. The last time the Tennessee River flooded in Alabama it crested at 22.3 feet in late December 2015. Other rivers and creeks in north Alabama are expected to rise as well.
Additionally, the National Weather Service in Birmingham warns that rivers and creeks in central Alabama will continue to rise over the next few days as well. The NWS said that river and creeks will reach minor and moderate flood levels in the central part of the state.
Be Prepared for Flooding
“Be prepared by being alert and having a plan,” said Henry Dorough, the Alabama Extension representative for the Extension Disaster Education Network. “If you live in a flood-prone area, it’s best to evacuate during the voluntary phase so you will have enough time to move. Flood waters can come upon you suddenly and trap you, making it difficult or impossible to leave at a later time.”
“Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road,” added Dorough, who is also the Talladega County Extension coordinator. “The depth of water is not always obvious. As little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.
“Also, the roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.”
Flood Response Resources from Alabama Extension
- VIDEO: Contamination in Flood Waters
- Returning Home
- VIDEO: Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out
- Reentering a Flooded Home
- Flooding and Fire Ants
- Drying Out After A Flood
- Pumping Out Floodwater
- VIDEO: Caring for Livestock
- Flooded Wells: Shock Chlorination
- Flood-Damaged Carpets and Rugs
- Flooded Landscapes
- Flooded Gardens and Fields
- Flooded Farm Vehicles and Equipment
- Flood Damaged Agricultural Buildings
Alabama Extension’s Emergency Handbook
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has an iBook to help families, businesses and communities prepare for storms and clean up after they pass. The Emergency Handbook is a comprehensive resource for emergency planning, preparation, and storm recovery. It is available as a free download from iBooks.