Storm brings flooding, power outages

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/8/18

Torrential downpours hit Walker County early Wednesday morning, prompting flooding, road closures and power outages.

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Storm brings flooding, power outages

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Torrential downpours hit Walker County early Wednesday morning, prompting flooding, road closures and power outages.

Between the hours of 2 and 5 a.m., Walker County received the greatest brunt of the storm that brought heavy rain, gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph, lightning, thunder and hail in some areas.

Walker County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Regina Myers said Districts 3 and 4 were the hardest hit overnight. According to Walker County 911, a pond overflowed in the 5000 block of Tutwiler Road in Oakman that caused flooding and deteriorating road conditions. Just over 5 miles north, Richardson Subdivision Road was closed in the Cedar Lake community due to flooding. Tubbs Hill Road in Oakman was also closed from flooding.

Redmill Saragossa Road, just west of Manchester in northern Walker County, had reports of flooding, along with nearby Gamble Mine Road.

In Jasper, 25th Street West and 26th Street West were closed due to flooding, and 18th Street Southeast and Florida Avenue were also closed.

“We had so much rainfall in such a short amount of time,” Myers said. “We just had too much rain, too fast, and those low-lying roads couldn’t take it.”

There were no reports of injuries or damage, Myers added.

Britton Lightsey, the Walker County business office manager for Alabama Power, said there were isolated power outages across Walker County Wednesday morning, but power was restored to most residences by 9 a.m.

“For the most part, the issues were minimal,” Lightsey said.

In far south Alabama, a severe thunderstorm warning late Wednesday morning caused damage in Chilton, Marengo and Sumter counties, along with Hale County in west Alabama. Downed trees and structural damage were reported.

Windy conditions continued through the day Wednesday as a cold front caused temperatures to drop into the mid 40s by sunset.