“It’s not over”: Emergency officials warn the flood threat is changing, not fading

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In Grand Lake and nearby neighborhoods on the far southern edge of Huntsville, firefighters go door-to-door to spread the word.

“It’s not over,” warns Huntsville Fire and Rescue Chief Mac McFarlen, “Just because you saw the water go down from yesterday, it may not be over. We may still have some more issues.”

They are not evacuating the neighborhood. They’re just delivering a precautionary message.

Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Director Rusty Russell specifies, “If you’re in the area of a tributary or a river, you need to be aware.”

This kind of work, the pavement pounding kind, can save emergency workers valuable resources later on.

Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad Water Team Lead Paul Crawford notes, “Right now, our water team, we have some who are out-of-town on vacation due to the holidays. Our team has been working almost non-stop since yesterday morning. A lot of fatigue, but we’re holding up, rotating through some breaks.”

After all, the homes aren’t the only concern.

Chief McFarlen points out, “It may be a situation where their house may not be prone to flood, but their route to come in and out may be prone to flood.”

Areas like Ditto Landing already have plenty of water creeping in. Meanwhile, the Morgan County Sheriff tells us the threat has changed. While flash floods caused a lot of problems on Christmas, now a lot of that water is finding its way to streams and rivers, meaning the flooding has moved, not gone away.

Predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that the water may not peak in the Ditto Landing area until Sunday morning.