NWS issues flood alerts for county
by Elane Jones
Jan 15, 2013 | 1456 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Weather Service in Birmingham issued a flood warning Monday for the Black Warrior River Drainage Basin in Central Alabama. The warning is expected to remain in effect through Wednesday.

The heavy rains that have fallen over central Alabama during the last several days have produced rises on the Locust Fork at Sayre, which was already at 16.1 feet Monday morning and is expected to rise above flood stage early today.

Flood stage on Locust Fork is 25 feet and the flooding impact at that stage would involve flooding of low lying woodlands and agricultural lands along Locust Fork.

The Black Warrior is forecast to be in flood stage and continue to rise through mid-week. It could remain above flood stage through Friday.

A flood watch was also issued on Monday for much of North Central Alabama, including Walker and Winston counties, as periods of moderate to heavy rainfall will continue through tonight.

The excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall will cause elevated levels on small creeks and streams, and ponding of water in urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots.

Drivers are being urged to use precaution when traveling in areas that are prone to flooding and not to drive through standing water as the depth of the water covering a roadway may be too great to allow a vehicle to cross safely.