Pelham, Alabama. — A terrifying driver got out of the car, flooded Alabama for hours, then swept through the neighborhood, submerging the entire community on Thursday and killing at least two people in another storm.
Dozens of people were to be rescued in Central Alabama on Wednesday evening. According to the National Meteorological Service, up to 13 inches (33 cm) of rain fell, and in one town in southern Alabama, a stream passed through a door and temporarily lost its main grocery store. Pigle wiggly. Near the shore, heavy rains bubbled up sewage from underground pipes.
Metro Birmingham is under flash flood surveillance, and meteorologists have predicted another rainy day for much of Alabama and parts of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. According to the Meteorological Department, 5 inches (13 cm) of rain could be expected till Thursday evening.
Marshall County Coroner Cody Nugent said a 4-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were killed in separate cases after vehicles were swept away by flooding in northeast Alabama. Crews searched for two missing people after the vehicle was washed away in high water in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.
Rain wreaked havoc across northern Alabama, submerging cars in Metro Birmingham and parts of the Tennessee Valley. Rescuers helped drivers escape due to life-threatening trips caused by poor visibility and stagnant water in some areas.
Some of the worst flooding occurred in Pelham, a suburb of Birmingham, where 82 people were rescued from their homes, and more than 15 people were pulled out of their cars after 13 inches of rain flooded rivers and streams from embankments had gone. The fire department said earlier on Thursday. According to a statement, more than 100 rescuers, as well as 16 boats, were involved in the effort.
“I had to look out the window because the water got into the car so quickly,” said Zirkaski, who on Thursday morning saw a tow truck carrying a sports utility vehicle from a lowland parking lot in Pelham. said. The car came to a halt when she was trying to deal with the flood during the floods on Wednesday night.
Kaski’s husband picked her up by the side of the road as police officers helped her carry her up a hill. However, the road was flooded and it took me three hours to reach home for a few miles.
Kasky once heard a weather protection chant, “Look back, don’t drown,” but said, “It happened so fast that I didn’t have time to think about it.”
The Alabama floods come nearly seven weeks after more than 12 people died in Tennessee. According to scientists, these types of floods may become more common in the future due to global warming.
According to a federal government study, anthropogenic climate change caused 26 inches (66 cm) of rain in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016, killing 12 people and damaging 150,000 homes. The chances of heavy rain have doubled.
In southern Alabama, near the Florida line, flood-prone Escambia County towns, Bruton and East Bruton Streets, inundated shopping centers, and Piggley, the community’s main grocery store. Water was sent up to 3 feet (1 m). Wiggly. Escanabia Sheriff Heather Jackson said both schools had to cancel classes.
“We hope the rain stops and we can get some water out of here,” Jackson told WKRG-TV.
In Baldwin County to the south, 250,000 gallons (946,000 liters) of wastewater spilled from sewers along Mobile Bay, officials said.
Total statewide rainfall this week has already ranged from 2 inches (5 centimeters) to 6 inches, and forecasters said it could be an additional 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain, the most north. He said it would rain heavily.
According to forecasters, heavy storms and slow-moving low-pressure systems with several isolated tornadoes were at risk mainly in the afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches for northeastern Alabama, northwestern Georgia and southern Tennessee.
The rain in Alabama should end by the end of Thursday as the storm moves east. Flash flood warnings were valid through Friday from the Florida panhandle into mountainous areas of North Georgia, eastern Tennessee and western Carolina.
Returning to Pelham, Michael Helbert wandered around the neighborhood to a town house filled with more than 40 inches (102 cm) of water. He tried to remove the luggage from the floor, but still some of his belongings were lost and his jeep was flooded with water outside.
“Flood insurance would be fun,” he said.
Associated Press contributors include Jeff Martin of Marietta, Georgia.
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