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Rivers on the rise

Rivers and local creeks and streams are on the rise.

Rhonda Abbott, interim director of the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency, said residents living near or having property along the Alabama or Cahaba rivers should remain aware.

The Alabama River is expected to crest Saturday afternoon at 36 1/2-to-37 feet. The Cahaba River at Marion Junction is expected to crest today at 28 1/2-to-29 feet.

“Residents living in low lying areas with cattle or equipment need to make arrangements to get them relocated to higher ground,” she said.

By late afternoon, the weather system causing the latest rain should have moved out of Central Alabama, giving way to partly cloudy skies Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

As flooding around Oakmulgee Creek begins, cattle need to be moved to higher ground. Overflow of pasturelands increases at stages above 20 feet along the Cahaba River, Abbott said. Pastureland below Selma becomes flooded at stages of 35 feet and above along the Alabama River.

“Citizens should be aware that necessary precautions need to begin now to ensure safety,” Abbott said. “Anyone with rainfall totals or with concerns along either river should contact EMA at 874-2515. Persons with concerns should begin taking appropriate measures now to secure loose lawn items and make arrangements to move cattle to higher ground and move any equipment that could be in danger along the river ways. All residents living in flood-prone locations should take extra precaution, monitor river levels and stay tuned to local media for the latest updates as we approach the next several days