State dries out, cleans up after wet night in Alabama

State dries out, cleans up after wet night in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Trees down, power lines down, thousands were in the dark for a while after a wild night of wet weather all across Alabama.

In east Alabama, Gadsden and Childersburg were under a flood warning all day from the National Weather Service.

In Etowah County, the streets were either flooded or blocked by trees. That included Brooke Avenue in Gadsden which saw heavy flooding as a result of Big Wills and Little Wills Creek overflowing.

In Dothan and Houston County, clean up and repairs were underway all day after storms downed trees, power poles and lines and damage to homes, roofs and cars.

At one point, power was knocked out for thousands and 40 roads were barricaded. In downtown Dothan, drivers had to be rescued from their cars in a flash flood.

Crews and neighbors spent the day working to get life back to normal as quickly as possible.

"We see that we have the majority of our stuff done by midnight tonight. We'll probably work through the evening and through the night with small crews doing services," Dothan Utilities Director Billy Mayes said.

"The team effort of the city and the county and everybody working together is always amazing," Dothan's fire chief raved.

Pickens County in west Alabama got hit hard, too. The National Weather Service said there was a radar confirmed tornado around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday just north of Reform.

Fortunately, there were no injuries and according to emergency officials, it seems the damage is isolated to that area.

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