EMA Officials anticipate more flooding following Monday’s rainfall


Drone footage of Tennessee River flooding from Christmas Day. Courtesy: Pete Dobbs

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More rain is making its way to the Tennessee Valley as the State of Emergency continues for Alabama. Many areas of the Tennessee Valley are still struggling to stay above water after the historic Christmas Day flooding. This means many families are still forced to spend the holidays inside their house.

“You can’t tell if the road’s washed out or not; you can’t see because of the water,” Huntsville/Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Rusty Russell said.

The EMA said the soaking isn’t finished yet as Monday’s rainy weather prepares to move in.

“There could be some high winds but mainly a rain event,” Russell anticipated.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch begins at 6:00 a.m. on Monday and continues until 6:00 p.m. that evening. This impacts North Alabama and parts of Southern and Middle Tennessee. Russell said the flooding we are seeing here is an outcome of rain all along the Tennessee River.

“They’re using the dams to control the flow of the river, and they’re trying to keep it from flooding as much as possible,” Russell said. “But there’s just a tremendous amount of water that needs some place to go.”

This influx of water increases the possibility of more flooding.

“That water doesn’t have any place to go because the Tennessee River is high,” Russell said. “So, we may have another round of flooding in those areas.”

First responders ask everyone to stay weather aware.

“Make responsible decisions,” Russell said. “Be responsible for yourself and your families; don’t be part of the problem.”

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