Showers Continue – Flooding Remains A Concern
Widespread heavy rain fell west of I-65 yesterday evening through part of the overnight, before clearing and redeveloping roughly along and east of I-65 before daybreak. That will be the trend through the weekend, the heaviest rain generally occurring east of I-65, with growing flooding concerns for that area. Despite the threat for heavy rain shifting east, communities along and west of I-65 that have received 6-8+” over the past couple of days, will still have the potential for more flooding, as the chance for scattered showers and runoff continue. Below is the latest radar image as of 10:24 am, with the bulk of the rain east of I-65.
An Areal Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire Tennessee Valley until 7:00 am Sunday morning. Another 1-3″ of rain is expected, with locally higher amounts especially in northeast Alabama. Don’t expect much of a temperature fluctuation today, with a mostly cloudy sky and continued rain chances, most will stay in the 70s. The higher temperatures will be in northwest Alabama, where it will likely be the driest. Highs there will be near 80°. Below are the current Flood Warnings in the Tennessee Valley.
**The Flood Warning for Big Nance Creek at Courtland in Lawrence County has been extended until Sunday evening. Flood stage is 14.0 feet, and as of 8:00 am Saturday, it was at 18.2 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and is forecast as it rises to near 18.3 feet early Sunday afternoon.
**The Flood Warning for the Tennessee River at Florence (Colbert & Lauderdale counties) until further notice. As of 9:00 am this morning the stage was at 16.4 feet and rising. Flood stage is 18.0 feet. Minor flooding is forecast due to water levels expected to rise above flood stage late this evening and rising to near 19.0 feet by early Monday evening. Additional rises may be possible. At 18.0 feet flooding of McFarland Park begins.
**The Areal Flood Warning For Lawrence County has been extended until 4:30 pm Saturday. As of 10:18 am emergency management reported flooding in parts of Lawrence County, including Courtland and Town Creek.
- Jennifer Watson
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