A nearly stationary thunderstorm developed over Huntsville Thursday evening, dropping copious amounts of rain as well as prompting several of your pictures of the rain.
As a result, the National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a flash flood warning for central Madison County — including the cities of Huntsville, Moores Mill, Meridianville, Hazel Green, Owens Cross Roads, and New Market — that expired Friday morning.
Below is a quick timeline of the flash flood reports from around Huntsville:
- 7:57pm: Huntsville Police Department reports Governor’s Drive at Covemont reduced to one eastbound lane due to flooding
- 8:10pm: Huntsville Police Department reports part of U.S. Highway 431 southbound washing away just south of Dug Hill Road; water coming up over retaining wall.
- 8:36pm: Water flowing over Homer Nance Road at the curve near Jordan Road where a tributary flows into Chase Creek
- 8:52pm: Madison County emergency manager reports houses flooded in the Cove Creek Drive area
- 9:02pm: Madison County emergency manager reports water up to police officers’ knees near the intersection of Garth Road and Apalachee Drive
- 9:16pm: WHNT News 19 viewer reports 3.5 inches of rain in 90 minutes on Moore’s Mill Road in the Chase community
- 9:26pm: Floodwaters reportedly pouring into downstairs area of a house located at Lee High/Belle Meade area in Huntsville
Thursday Evening Set Up
Rain began to fall over downtown Huntsville around 6:40pm; approximately 90 minutes later, the rain continued to fall over the same area.
Radar estimates indicate that as much as 2-2.5 inches of rainfall per hour was possible with this thunderstorm, prompting the concerns of flash flooding for the city.
The Huntsville Police Department reports that flood waters on Governor’s Drive at Covemont have restricted traffic to one eastbound lane.
The Huntsville Police Department also reports flood waters washing away part of Highway 431 Southbound, just south of Dug Hill Road. HPD reports water coming up over the retaining wall.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville was concerned that the copious amount of rain that fell in northeastern Madison County Thursday morning will continue to run off into the Flint River near Brownsboro while additional rainfall hammers a similar area through the weekend. With that said, enough of a break in the rainfall has allowed rainwaters to subside, prompting the National Weather Service to cancel all flood warnings for the Tennessee Valley.