Potential flooding along the Cahaba River

Published 9:50 am Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rhonda Abbott, interim director of the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency, says the National Weather Service at Birmingham has said there is a potential for flooding along the Cahaba River.

The Cahaba River at Marion Junction is forecasted to crest Saturday afternoon at 18.6 feet, which is about 3.6 feet above action stage. At 15 feet, flooding around Oakmulgee Creek begins and cattle need to be moved to higher ground, according to Abbott. Overflow of pasturelands increases at stages above 20 feet along the Cahaba River.

The weather service also predicts the Alabama River will crest Friday afternoon at 20.1 feet, which is just below the action stage of 30 feet. At 30 feet pastureland below Selma becomes flooded at stages of 35 feet and above along the Alabama River.

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“Residents along the Alabama and Cahaba rivers living in low lying areas, with cattle or equipment need to make arrangements to ge them relocated to higher ground and pay careful attention to water levels,” Abbott said.