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Torrential rainfall and flooding in western counties following Tropical Depression Claudette

Flooded streets Atmore, Al
Flooded streets Atmore, Al(Ditto Gorme)
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 9:46 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 4:12 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Western Counties including Tuscaloosa and Greene county endured a heavy downpour as Tropical Depression Claudette made its way through the state.

Flash flood warnings were in affect throughout the evening Saturday and officials warned the circumstances could be life-threatening.

⚠️ National Weather Service of Birmingham has upgraded this warning to 'considerable.' Life-threatening flash flooding...

Posted by Tuscaloosa County EMA on Saturday, June 19, 2021

According to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, over 9 inches of rain fell in some areas. Rain gauges indicate 4.51 inches of rain fell within two hours, indicating just how hard the rain beat down on the city.

Saturday night, Maddox says first responders responded to:

  • 10 major vehicle accidents
  • 23 medical calls
  • 1 fire
  • 14 cases of flooding requiring technical rescue
  • 2 electrical hazards
  • 4 trees down
  • 1 gas leak

Sunday morning Maddox announced the flooding had impacted the cities ability to identify and correct a leak in one of the city’s major water lines. As a result the mayor signed an executive order to promote water conservation south of the Black Warrior river.

We love our First Responders! They are the real heroes! Here they are at Hunter Creek Rd. 📸: Hawthorne Ricky

Posted by Tuscaloosa County EMA on Saturday, June 19, 2021

Current Road Closures: Buckhead drive from Harper Road to traffic circle is now closed. 17th St between Main and 34th Ave 26th and Main Avenue 23rd Street Intersection of 10th Street and 30th Avenue

Posted by City of Northport, Alabama - Government on Saturday, June 19, 2021

Mudslide near Jim N Nicks in downtown Tuscaloosa near River Road.

Mudslide near Jim N Nicks in downtown Tuscaloosa near River Road
Mudslide near Jim N Nicks in downtown Tuscaloosa near River Road(Grant Sartain)

Reported flooding in Atmore, Alabama.

Flooded streets Atmore, Al
Flooded streets Atmore, Al(Ditto Gorme)

Two deaths were reported in Tuscaloosa as a result of Saturday’s storm.

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