The Shoals experienced some flooding in parts of Colbert and Lauderdale counties throughout the day Saturday, the result of nearly two inches of rainfall by 2 p.m.
“It fell fast and pretty hard and the ground got saturated, so at that point water started coming up over roads and our problems began,” said Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency Director George Grabryan.
The Northwest Alabama Regional Airport recorded 1.75 inches of rain Saturday which ties a record set in 1989.
EMA officials closed Lauderdale County roads 470, 107 and 31. Throughout the day Saturday, roads were closing and opening back up as water receded. A break in the weather about 3 p.m. allowed for water over many roadways to recede.
“The big concern is the rainfall we’re expected to pick up the next few days,” Graybryan said. “The weather service is working closely with TVA to coordinate how much water we’ll get and how quickly we can move it through. Flooding on creeks and streams are a concern but we’ll have a better reading on the situation on Tuesday. There’s a possible five inches of rain expected by Monday night.”
Graybryan said the county has dealt with flooding before such as in 2003 when a similar situation occurred with heavy rainfall in a short period of time. That year, more than eight inches of rainfall was recorded.
Colbert County reported fewer problems from rainfall on Saturday, according to Colbert County Emergency Management Director Mike Melton. There were no road long-term closings during the day, but officials did place some “temporarily closed” signs over roads in the outlying areas of the county allowed for water to recede in areas near creeks.
Melton reported that a home in Bear Creek had damage to its garage after a bank of mud slid into it.