Rains Come, But No Long-Term Flooding

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

In much of east Mississippi, about three and a half inches of rain fell during a ten hour period, In west Alabama, some residents saw close to six inches.

But Lauderdale County engineer Neal Carson says flooding wasn't a problem for county roads.

"I haven't heard of anything flooding, to speak of, in the county," said Carson.

The WTOK viewing area was under a flash flood warning until around noon, because of the potential for runoff to cause temporary flooding.

A flooding trouble spot for Lauderdale County in 2003 happened at a bridge in Eagle Pointe. But because of some extensive work by the county, the creek was full Thursday, but not a flooding problem.

Since then, projects across the county have been completed to prevent a full day of rain from turning into this kind of mess.

"Sowashee Creek helped tremendously with all of the channelization," said Carson. "We've got Okatibbee Creek, now the reservoir that controls the elevation of the creek and some major channel work on 11 south. All of that contributes to our less flooding in this county.

Carson said the county runs into trouble when several inches of rain falls in only three or four hours, but the rains received in the last 24 hours are manageable.

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