EMA officials advise: If you plan to leave your home, now is the time

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Huntsville-Madison County EMA Meeting on 12/26/15

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County emergency responders are staying on top of the latest events in North Alabama.   First responders and emergency managers gathered for a briefing to get the latest information from the National Weather Service Saturday.

If you live in an area prone to flooding and you plan to leave home today, you are encouraged to leave early to avoid getting stuck in your neighborhood.

WHNT News 19’s team of meteorologists forecast that although the rain came in quick, it will take several days for the floodwaters to recede. Almost all waterways in north Alabama and southern Tennessee are under some sort of flood warning through Monday. The next round of rain and storms will only aggravate the swollen rivers, so it may be beyond Monday before we see an appreciable drop in river levels.

Emergency Management Officer Scott Worsham of the Huntsville-Madison County EMA says that “Right now we’re dealing with runoff in the Tennessee River and the TVA is having to send more water down the river and that’s raising the stream levels and complicating the tributaries that flow into the Tennessee, maybe creating some back-up there as well.”

Another briefing will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

WHNT News 19 will bring you those updates on-air, online, and on social media.

 

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