A Tuscaloosa driver is missing and multiple water rescues have been reported after heavy rain caused flash floods in some areas of Alabama on Saturday.
Tuscaloosa officials responded shortly after 2 p.m. on Bonita Terrace. for a call about an SUV that was flooded into a drainage ditch. A witness said the driver disappeared underwater and never reappeared. Police and the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service’s Swift Water Rescue Team were looking for the 40-year-old man but had not found him by 7 p.m. The search was suspended on Saturday evening, and officials said “crews will regroup in the morning”. The name of the missing person is not known.
Roads around the University of Alabama campus were flooded and several stranded motorists called 911 to be rescued from the flood. TPD dispatchers said they received 105 calls between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and most of them were related to the weather.
The UA Office of Emergency Management warned of potentially dangerous driving conditions on campus Saturday afternoon, reporting that several roads have reopened after closing for hours earlier in the day.
🚧All roads are on campus now passable. However, we could see more today 🌧. Please be careful when driving and do not drive into flooded streets # TurnAroundDontDrown 🚧
The video filmed by William O’Neal showed people swimming and playing on surfboards on the streets of Tuscaloosa and cars driving through flood waters .
The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency also reported flooded roads in Tuscaloosa, Northport and other areas of the county.
The rain in the area was expected to continue on Saturday night as much of Central Alabama was noisy the National Weather Service in Birmingham is under flash flood surveillance.
Due to wet ground conditions and additional rainfall, sometimes heavier, a Flash Flood Watch remains in operation until 7 p.m. on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/owWaT3typeE
In Limestone County, northern Alabama, the Emergency Management Agency reported that roads in the town of Ardmore were impassable on Saturday night. “Please be extremely careful driving around the town of Ardmore while water is forming on the streets!” Daphne Ellison, Emergency Manager, said in a press release.
[16:37]: Radar estimates about 3-6 inches of rainfall in the Ardmore area of northeast Limestone County. A flash flood warning lasts until 7:00 p.m. Turn around, don’t drown! #HUNwx pic.twitter.com/sMMD3j0sEd
Be careful out there.
It’s a rainy day across Alabama. Flash floods are possible in some areas as rain flows through the state.
Take a look at the US 31 floods in Vestavia Hills.
How is the weather near you?
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