Water rescues underway in Birmingham as flash flooding hits Alabama

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“We have many water rescues, people trapped in cars and rescued by fire departments and police departments, and we have reports of damage to houses on roadways and trees on trees, and this is actually all over the Birmingham metro area,” Jim Coker, director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, told Granthshala over the phone.

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He said that at present there is no news of any death or injury.

The area received 4-7 inches of rain in a few hours National Weather Service in Birmingham.

The October average for Birmingham is 3.34 inches, meaning that parts of the region normally receive twice the amount of rain that falls throughout the month.

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Up to 3-6 inches of more rain is possible in the early hours of Thursday.

The Weather Service said the Riverchase Galleria area in Birmingham, as well as Highways 119 and 31 in Pelham to the south, included areas where rescue operations were taking place and cars were flooded.

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Flash flood emergency lasts until 1:15 pm local time.

Coker told Granthshala that the effects of the flood would be felt over the next several days.

“Staff will check the damage tomorrow and check the infrastructure, which is everything from roadways to pipelines to powerlines,” he said.

A major concern is the condition of the roadways, Kokar said, as they want to ensure that there are no washed-out areas that could cause traffic problems.

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