Business owners in Leeds cleanup from flooding

By WBRC staff

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Business owners in Leeds cleaned up Friday after flood waters poured into their companies Thursday night.

The Leeds area was hit with about five inches of rain Thursday. At Ryan Automotive, the owner was still trying to assess the damage.

"We are letting our electronics dry out," said Hunter Ryan. "We are going to wait and see if they will work or not. We really don't know right now."

Up the street other businesses pulled out soaked carpets from the heavy rain. At the AA Army Supply Store, sandbags kept the waters out.

"The sandbags did their job," said Darrell Baxter. "Before I took over the building it was a motorcycle shop. They had 18 inches of rain here before. It's a part of the nature of being here."

Earlier Friday morning, parts of Leeds was still under water. The nearby creek was running brisk and close to flooding.

Employees at the Jefferson County Emergency Management office watched the flooding through rain monitoring equipment.

"It's very proactive," said Bob Ammons, Jefferson County EMA duty officer.  "It gives us hours of advance warning."

Ammons advised drivers to be wary of possible flooding again Friday night.