Torrential rainfall and flooding in western counties following Tropical Depression Claudette
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.
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.
Mudslide near Jim N Nicks in downtown Tuscaloosa near River Road.
Reported flooding in Atmore, Alabama.
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