Parts of Alabama Still Flooded After Christmas Storms

Flooding caused by heavy rains around Christmas week is still causing problems in parts of Alabama.

WAAY-TV reports about 20 roads remain closed because of flood damage in north Alabama, although some were expected to reopen Monday.

Muddy floodwaters from the Alabama River have completely submerged Claiborne lock and dam in Monroe County. National Weather Service statistics show the river is beginning to fall, but it’s projected to remain in a major flood stage until early Thursday.

The receding waters left behind damage in many areas of the state.

“We also have numerous roads – mainly low-traffic roads – with partial-lane closures or shoulder closures because they washed out,” Lawrence County Engineer Ben Duncan told The Times Daily.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner last week asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration to do damage assessments from the flooding and severe weather.

“By asking FEMA and SBA to come to Alabama and start the damage assessments, we will be able to determine if Alabama is eligible for federal disaster assistance,” Faulkner said.

Parts of the state received more than a foot of rain in the week around Christmas, and all that water is still draining toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings that remained in effect along the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama, the Alabama River in downtown Montgomery and downstream in western Alabama, the Coosa River in Childersburg, the Tombigbee River in southwest Alabama, the Conecuh River in Brewton, and the Mobile River and Bayou Sara in Mobile County.