Russellville declares local state of emergency due to damaging floodwaters

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Russellville leaders declared a local state of emergency on Thursday, one day after massive floodwaters caused widespread damage in the city.

Heavy rain began to fall late Wednesday afternoon through the evening hours, filling parking lots and streets, flooding homes, businesses and cars. Some businesses were forced to close early due to flooding.

The water was even strong enough to rip up concrete. Creeks that are normally calm resembled rushing rivers instead.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency says rain totals exceeded five inches in a two-hour period. All the local residents could do was watch the water destroy their neighborhood.

County engineers say the flooding was likely a 100-year event, and the worst damage is around Gandy Street. Businesses and homes are drying out now, but the damage is like nothing this area has seen before.