More rain, floods forecast this week

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Excessive rains are expected throughout the county, which could bring flooding, officials said Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, Andalusia is expected to receive 7.78 inches of rain, while Florala could receive 9.09 inches of rain this week.


The NWS forecasts minor to moderate flooding along area rivers and creeks, and flash flooding is possible.

“We continue to expect a heavy rainfall event to unfold as an area of low pressure shifts slowly westward across the area while already abundant tropical moisture increases further,” Covington County EMA Director Susan Harris said. “As the low pressure system moves westward, increasingly southerly winds push additional tropical moisture into our area, especially along and east of I-65. This results in the heaviest rainfall amounts generally along and east of I-65, with the rainfall amounts adding up to produce flooding impacts mostly in this portion including coastal areas, and progressively less so further to the west.”

According to NWS, the heaviest amount of rainfall amounts continue to be expected to fall generally along and east of I-65 through Friday and especially over the coastal counties, and will fall on moist saturated soils.

A significant threat of flooding issues is expected along and east of I-65.

Areas of flash flooding are possible in the local area.

And the rain isn’t expected to stop on Friday. Forecasters are calling for locally heavy rains and flooding problems into the weekend, specifically south of Hwy. 84.

There is also a significant threat for minor to moderate river flooding east of I-65.

At press time, the Conecuh River at Point A was at 7.30 feet, well below flood stage.

The Yellow River at Highway 84 was right at 1 foot, while the Yellow River at 55 was at 5 feet.

Monday afternoon, the city of Opp closed one street.

“The street in front of Burger King (is closed), other than that, we are in pretty good shape,” Opp Mayor John Bartholomew said. “And that’s already gone down.”

The Opp Police Department reported water over the roads on Morgan Street, East Park Ave, East Ida Ave., Hwy 84E in front of Opp High School, Perry Store Rd, Palmer St., Woodham Circle, and Geneva St.

Opp Fire Chief Cory Spurlin reported Monday afternoon that his department was busy working the flooding including a water rescue on that street. (See related story).