Excess rainfall causes issues across Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Heavy rainfall and storms caused damage all over Alabama Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, forcing Gov. Bentley to declare a state of emergency.

In Talladega County, emergency managers reported flooding in several homes along Highway 76 near DeSoto Caverns. Trained weather spotters said water was up to five feet deep in some homes.

In Center Point, the rain left Five Mile Creek swollen. The water posed a threat to both businesses and homes. The creek rose near several houses. Some parking lots and roads were flooded as well in the Highway 79 area.

In Pratt City, drivers had to deal with the effects of heavy rainfall. Like Five Mile, the waters of Village Creek also rose.

"It's a very scary thing," said Ryan Weaver, who works near a creek. "I've put a lot of time and money in this here and being in a flood zone we can't get any flood insurance. Anytime we get any amount of rain. I laid up all night last night worrying about it because I knew we had all this rain coming."

Cullman County schools were on a two hour delay this morning because of flooding.

In east Alabama, flood warnings have expired but police and highway departments are warning motorists about high water. Calhoun County Highway Director Brian Rosenbalm says motorists should drive carefully and if they cannot see the street or the lines in the street, they should avoid the areas.

Anniston police say 21st street is a problem area and Calhoun County's sheriff's office warns motorists to stay away from Post Oak Road in Alexandria.

The severe damage from the storms led Governor Bentley to declare a state of emergency. This will allow the Alabama Emergency Management Agency to assist those in need.

Seventeen counties, in total, reported storm damage from the Tuesday night storms.

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