Russellville community is picking up the pieces after major flooding

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  The city of Russellville is slowly recovering after some major flooding. City leaders met Monday night to discuss the damage and work on a clean up plan.

"I've talked to people that are well into their eighties and so far nobody has seen an Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 8.26.53 PMevent like this," explained county engineer and city councilman David Palmer. "We know that it was well greater than a 100-year-event."

He said his department has identified 97 damaged sites, and that number is still growing. They have not yet determined a final estimate of that damage.

"It's going to take time, but everybody is working hard to pick up the pieces," Palmer stressed. "I just want to thank the people of Russellville for being so patient."

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 8.26.13 PMSo far, crews have physically measured the roadway damage. City leaders and employees also spent the weekend cleaning up Hal Kirby Junior Park. They worked to repair as much as they could, and the fields look normal. But, all of the fencing had to be scrapped.

"The real disaster out in our park, we're thinking that alone is going to be into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair that. So, we're suspecting that we're going to have several  hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage."

Palmer said they have pretty much assessed all visible damage, but if residents have any damage, they should contact the city to report it.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 8.26.42 PMHe added that the chances of receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance were slim. That's because the damage wasn't drastic enough statewide to reach the $6.5 million threshold, he said.

The city council members did declare a state of emergency Thursday, which could possibly help the city apply for any state funding that might be applicable.