Flood warning issued in Dallas County

Published 7:40 am Friday, January 12, 2024

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A flood warning is in effect for Dallas County until Saturday night, according to the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and National Weather Service (NWS).

A flood warning was issued by the NWS Tuesday night and goes into effect Thursday morning. County Roads 59, 808, 178 and 182 are closed. 

Both agencies are forecasting minor flooding on the Alabama River, particularly near Millers Ferry Dam, located in Wilcox County.  

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The Alabama River will rise over the next few days and is expected to get three feet higher on Thursday before cresting at 47.4 feet, below the moderate river stage of 48 feet. The minor river stage is 45 feet. The flood stage is 66 feet.

Dallas County EMA Director Toya Crusoe said that low lying areas and roads located near the river could see flooding. 

The NWS forecast only minor flooding is forecast because of the low amount. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a statement to local residents affected by the flood: 

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” NOAA said in a release.

The eastern part of Dallas County was under a flash flood warning until Tuesday morning after a heavy rainstorm pounded the area on Monday.