Officials, Homeowners Keep Wary Eye On Fast-Rising Indian Creek


Indian Creek (Photo: Nick Banaszak, WHNT News 19)

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MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-Monday's heavy rainfall is raising concerns about flooding on many north Alabama waterways, including the typically fast-rising Indian Creek in Madison County.

Most of north Alabama remains under a flood watch through Wednesday morning. On Monday, several homeowners in Madison County were keeping an anxious eye on Indian Creek, which had risen almost two feet during the course of the day. It was still several inches away from official flood stage as of late Monday night, but residents who live on the banks of the normally peaceful stream were staying weather aware anyway.

"I just sit in the house and watch it," laughed homeowner Bob Nixon, who has had a bird's eye view of Indian Creek for more than three decades. "It seemed like it was a very hard rain last night...The closest it [creek] has ever gotten is right to the edge of the wall there, that's the high-water mark."

County officials said work crews were monitoring Indian Creek, which is capable of swamping backyards and overrunning roads in a stretch of neighborhoods ranging from Harvest to Madison. District 4 Commissioner Phil Vandiver said most of the debris from the 2011 tornadoes has now been removed, but said outlying limbs could still cause an issue for some homeowners if enough rain falls.

"We have been paying attention to Indian Creek," said Commissioner Vandiver. "We know there's some situations in the past we've had to deal with...If you get those [tree limbs] bunched up in an area and they slow down the flow of the creek, then we could have some problems with spotted flooding along those ways."

Indian Creek overspilled its banks by more than a football field's length in some locations last year after a significant rain event.

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