Flood warning issued for Cahaba Heights area near Cahaba River

The Cahaba River flooded areas in Trussville Saturday, May 18, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Jay Simpson)

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a flood warning in Jefferson and Shelby Counties until late Sunday night due to rising waters in the Cahaba River.

The upper Cahaba River drainage basin has experienced four to six inches of rainfall since Friday and a flood warning is now in effect for the Cahaba Heights area. Bibb County is also listed in the warning issued Saturday at 2:26 p.m.

NWS reports the river is expected to surpass its flood stage limit of 14 feet by late afternoon and it could rise to 18 feet by Sunday morning. At 17 feet, flooding of some commercial property in the area may occur.

Earlier today, a flash flood watch was issued for central Alabama areas including Blount, Coosa, Elmore, Jefferson, Montgomery, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties until Sunday afternoon. As much as nine inches of rain has fallen over the northeast central portions of Alabama since Friday afternoon.