HOMEWOOD, Ala. -- A Flash flood emergency has been issued for Jefferson, Shelby and northern Bibb counties until 7:30 a.m., the National Weather Service in Birmingham announced early Monday morning.
Local emergency management agencies have reported significant flooding and numerous high water rescues at various areas of all three counties and the rescue operations remain ongoing. One of the hardest hit areas is a portion of south Homewood near Lakeshore Drive and Interstate 65, where rescue crews are paddling around in boats at Lakeshore Garden Apartments trying to get residents to safety. Cars and SUVs in the parking lot are almost completely submerged in water.
According to meteorologist Brian Peters, approximately 15 people had been rescued as of 5:30 a.m.
ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates as more information is made available.
Full Flash Flood Emergency Bulletin from the NWS in Birmingham:
FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBYJEFFERSON AND NORTHERN BIBB COUNTIES
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA
* UNTIL 730 AM CDT
* AT 427 AM CDTEMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED MAJOR FLOODING AND NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES IN PROGRESS. THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE WARNED AREA WITH ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE.
THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBYJEFFERSON AND NORTHERN BIBB COUNTIES.
* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE ALABASTERBESSEMERBIRMINGHAMCENTREVILLECHELSEA FAIRFIELDFULTONDALEGARDENDALEHELENAHOMEWOODHOOVER HUEYTOWNIRONDALELEEDSMONTEVALLOMOUNTAIN BROOK PELHAMVESTAVIA HILLSALTONAMERICAN VILLAGEBIRMINGHAM AIRPORTBIRMINGHAM FAIRGOUNDSBIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE BLUFF PARK AND BRIGHTON.
MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL UNLESS YOU ARE FLEEING AN AREA SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER.