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Flash Flooding Covers Roads, Prompts Rescues In Alabama

As much as 6 inches of rain fell in Alabama in about a day, unleashing flashfloods that required some people to be rescued.

Additional storms Wednesday brought the threat of twisters to the Southeast.

Heavy rains after nightfall Wednesday also caused flooding across north Alabama, with cars submerged on roads in metro Birmingham and parts of the Tennessee Valley. Rescue crews helped motorists escape vehicles, and emergency managers said the combination of low visibility and standing water made travel life-threatening in some areas.

In south Alabama near the Florida line, water-covered streets in the flood-prone Escambia County towns of Brewton and East Brewton, inundating businesses in a shopping center with several feet of water.

As much as 3 feet of water was inside the community’s main grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, and two schools had to cancel classes, said Escambia Sheriff Heath Jackson.

 

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