Rain Causes Some Flooding

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

The rain over the last 24 hours has caused some pretty significant problems in the area. It came down steadily for hours. Flooding was an issue.

A man attempted to cross water covering Knox Road near Russell. Fortunately the car was the only thing injured during what could could have been a life threatening situation.

When it comes to water over the roadways, looks can be very deceiving. What seems to be only a shallow puddle is actually three to four feet deep.

Lauderdale County road manager Neal Carson says many roads were still being cleared Friday after the rain. However, Knox Road was the only one reported to have flooded a car.

" We've got a storm drain stopped up and therefore Knox Road is about three to four feet underwater right now. Fortunately we've got Mississippi Department of Transportation and Southern Railroad people on the scene," said Carson.

This is yet another punch we can blame on an El Nino pattern. The soil in Mississippi and Alabama is so saturated that new rain simply cannot be absorbed as quickly as it has been falling. The resulting run off flows onto streets and into ditches causing situations like the one seen here on Knox Road.

Carson does say the road should be cleared before the weekend begins. His advice to others attempting to cross inundated roadways?
"Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Here's what the National Weather Service advises about driving through flooded roads. It only takes a foot of water to move a car off the road. And most flooding-related deaths happen in cars. Officials say SUVs may look like they'd provide better protection, but they don't.

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