Water still problem; rivers rising
Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 26, 2015
Bentley declares emergency
Some Covington County roads and bridges remained closed on Friday, and residents who live near the water were keeping a wary eye on the river and the skies as water levels continued to rise.
Gantt Lake residents reported lake levels were creeping up, and the National Weather Service predicted the Conecuh River would not crest before some time today, Sat., Dec. 26.
At Prestwood Bridge, the river had re-routed itself and was flowing rather swiftly over Prestwood Bridge Road Friday afternoon. Likewise, photos of Williams Bridge Road showed it completely submerged.
Across the state, Alabama residents dealt with similar issues. Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced he had issued a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties for flooding.
“Many parts of Alabama have experienced excessive rainfall and flooding is a major concern,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “By issuing a State of Emergency, I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated flooding across Alabama. We will actively monitor the flooding, and are prepared to respond to any requests for assistance.”
Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) personnel are in contact with the impacted counties and will be assessing the damage over the next several days, Bentley’s statement said.
In neighboring Coffee County, Elba residents who live in low-lying areas outside of the levee were evacuating and sandbagging Friday as water levels rose. At 4 p.m. yesterday, Pea River was at 39.05 feet. The river begins to flood at 32 feet, and is expected to crest today at 43.5 feet.
There is a slight chance of rain today and tomorrow, with highs expected to reach the 80s. Another system is expected to move through Alabama on Monday.