Flash flood watch in effect for east Alabama until Sunday afternoon (Flooding photos, video)
Heavy rains overnight an continued rainfall Saturday morning resulted in serious flash flooding across the eastern half of central Alabama and more could occur as showers and thunderstorms move through the state.
As much as nine inches of rain fell over the northeast central portions of the state since Friday afternoon, resulting in flash flooding across several counties. There have been numerous reports of impassable roads with some having been washed out completely due to rapidly rising waters in rivers and streams.
Many counties have experienced in excess of five inches of rainfall making driving conditions extremely dangerous. Motorist are urged not to drive through flooded roads. The image below shows a washed out portion of Cullman County Road 950 on Smith Lake.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a flash flood watch for central Alabama areas including Blount, Coosa, Elmore, Jefferson, Montgomery, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties until Sunday afternoon.
James Spann's Twitter Army has sent ABC 33/40 some incredible pictures and video of the flash flooding. To get the latest updates on the weather conditions from Spann and the weather team, visit the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog.
You can send your flood pictures to email@example.com throughout the day and we will show as many as possible on the news at 6 p.m., which you can watch live online here. Be sure to include your location and a brief description with the photos.
A camper on the Tallapoosa River in Wadley, Ala. is nearly completely submerged by flood waters Saturday, May 18, 2013. Photo courtesy of @endress_jsu.
Kelly Creek over Cook Springs Cutoff Road. Photo by Kathleen Graves.
Flood waters surrounding the WFHK radio station in Pell City. Photo from Jeremy Gossett.
U.S. 78 flooded in Eden, near Pell City. Photo from @shaggyhairjay
R.L. Harris Dam on the Tallapoosa River Saturday, May 18, 2013. Photo from April Wilkinson.
Hwy 21 North towards Oxford in Munford, Ala. Saturday May 18, 2013. Photo from @wkylemorrison.