Rising river levels cause concern for possible evacuations

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Flood water at Hobbs Island entrance of Ditto Landing on the Tennessee River

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The days after the Christmas 2015 flooding will be filled with watching the Tennessee River rise and fall.  Tennessee Valley Authority predicts that the river will swell to around 23.7 feet before it begins to recede.

They expect the river to crest at approximately 6 p.m. on Dec. 26 and then start to recede Sunday morning.  People who live near smaller waterways should be vigilant and aware of the water levels at all times.

The rising water in the Tennessee River could cause more problems down the line, causing some creeks and smaller waterways to swell and overflow.

The Flint River near Owens Cross Roads is already beginning to cause problems and local authorities are watching it closely to ensure the safety of the local residents.

The local Red Cross is working hard to set up shelters in case of a need for evacuation.

The Red Cross recommends that in the event that you need to evacuate to a shelter, bring what you need.

Things to bring:

  • Any prescription medication that may be needed.
  • Anything needed for the care of a child such as: diapers, wipes and formula.
  • Service animals are o.k.

Things not to bring:

  • Household pets will need to be privately kenneled.
  • No weapons

WHNT is  working to keep you updated on the location of these shelters if they need to open.  As soon as the information becomes available we will update you on WHNT.com and social media.