Rivers to crest on Saturday

Published 12:41 am Friday, May 8, 2009

Heavy rains throughout Alabama have caused flooding in some rivers and streams. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has released predicted crests for the Alabama River in Selma and the Cahaba River at Marion Junction.

The weather service notified the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday that residents along the Alabama River should expect it to rise to nearly 35 feet by Saturday afternoon. The Alabama River at that level could cause flooding in pastureland below Selma, according to Rhonda Abbott, interim director of the Dallas County EMA.

The Cahaba River at Marion Junction is forecasted to crest Saturday afternoon at 18.6 feet, which means flooding around Oakmulgee creek. Cattle need to be moved to higher ground, according to Abbott. Overflow of pasturelands increases at sages above 20 feet along the Cahaba River, according to the National Weather Service.

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Abbott said residents should be aware that necessary precautions need to begin now to ensure safety. “Anyone with rainfall totals or with concerns along either river should contact EMA at 874-2515,” she said.