Rains wreak havoc on roads

Published 10:32 pm Thursday, December 24, 2015

Shown is water that has risen out of the banks of Yellow River on Woodall Mill Road.  Courtesy photo

Shown is water that has risen out of the banks of Yellow River on Woodall Mill Road.
Courtesy photo

Flash flooding plagued South Alabama yesterday, leading the Covington County engineer’s office to declare all county roads impassable.

But despite continued rain, the National Weather Service projects rivers will crest below flood levels in Covington County.

Choctawhatchee Pea and Yellow River Watershed Management gauges showed that 4.76 inches of rain had fallen at Yellow River at 55 and 10.35 inches had fallen at Yellow River at 84.

Shortly after noon yesterday, the Yellow River at 55 was up to 17.99 feet, up from 5 feet earlier this week.

Yellow River at 84 was at 9.62 feet early Thursday afternoon. It was 2 feet, 72 hours before and at one point it was 18 feet, according to the ChocPea.

The National Weather Service shows that the Conecuh River at River Falls was up to 25.81 feet. Flood stage is 37 feet. Forecasters are expecting it to rise to 34.8 feet by Sunday.

In Elba, moderate flooding of the Pea River is expected . The NWS predicts the river will crest at 43 fett on Saturday, approximately eight feet about flood level.

Several roads in Covington County were closed Thursday before the engineer declared all county roads impassable.

Covington County EMA director Susan Harris urged residents to use caution if they must travel.

Darren Capps, county engineer, deemed the following roads impassable.

“The county engineer’s office is in the process of evaluating all roads,” Capps said. “Members of the general public are advised that when roads and bridges become impassable all travel should be suspended or delayed. Please use extreme caution until county workers are able to inspect all roads.”

The following roads are impassable:

• Cravey Bridge Road;

• County Road 34;

• Linzy Road;

• Homer Smith Road;

• Short Road;

• John Road;

• Old Boggy Road;

• Holley Road;

• Grider Mock Road;

• Bass Bridge Road;

• Kelley Road;

• TT Clark Road; and

• Cedar Crest Road