More rain expected in county

Published 7:22 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Crenshaw County has seen between 4 and 6 inches of rainfall in the last six days, and there’s more rain in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Local resident Jo Ann Ware reported she had an inch of rain at her home on Monday and had more than 6 inches since Thursday.

Michael Barnes reported he had 3.5 inches on Monday afternoon.

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According to the river station operated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, the Conecuh River at Brantley hit 8 feet on Tuesday, up from 2 feet on July 2.

The Patsaliga River hit 10.5 feet on Tuesday, up from 5 feet on July 2.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain for today, 40 percent chance tomorrow, and 40 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.

Local municipalities are reporting some minor drainage issues, but said the roads and drains are working adequately.

Dozier Town Clerk Ann Holland said the town was holding up.

“We are holding up just fine,” she said. “We do have one drainage ditch that is filling up, but we have no major flooding.”

In Brantley, it’s the same story.

There are a few drainage ditches filling up, but street crews were busy Tuesday working to get those cleared of any debris.

Luverne Engineer Morris Tate said their streets seem to be doing pretty good.

“Some of the same old drainage from time and time again have been acting up,” he said. “But, when we have three, four, five inches of rain, some areas will continue to give us problems.”

County Engineer Benji Sanders reported that the weather pattern was slowing down road crews.

“We ask citizens to be patient with us,” he said.

Sanders said the roads the road department has already worked this summer, will have to be redone.

“This is bad in terms of road maintenance,” he said. “We’ll have to pull off of our ditches and simply blade.”

EMA Director Jessica Seabrook reported at Monday’s commission meeting that Tropical Storm Chantal was spinning around near the Yucatan, and predictions had it going up the East Coast.

“It’s still too early to tell,” she said.

Sanders said with all the rain that’s pounded Crenshaw County, a storm with 60 mph sustained wins would be equivalent to an Opal.