Flooding in Tuscumbia

By  | February 21, 2019 | Filed under: News

The Shoals Area has received a significant amount of rainfall over the last week and is forecasted for more there rest of the week.  With this rainfall came flooding in the Shoals Area.  On Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, Social Media such as Facebook was bombarded with photos taken by people out looking at the flooding.

Tracey Inman and I set out to take photos of our hometown of Tuscumbia, Alabama.  Upon arrival at Spring Park, located downtown in Tuscumbia, it was apparent the extent of the flooding.  Water covered a major part of the park as well as the Spring Creek Golf Course.  While at Spring Park, we observed a truck that was in middle of the water.  Simpson’s Wrecker arrived to pull the vehicle out of the water.

The flood waters covered the roadway in front of Claunch’s Café as well as the north end of the park, close to the entrance to Spring Park.  Water was seen over the top of the walkway of the covered bridge.  The road leading into Spring Park from Dickson Street as the entrance to Spring Park had Orange and White Barrels, blocking them.

Spring Park

 

I spoke with Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan about the flooded area.  Logan stated:

“The Quad Cities has received large amounts of rainfall which has caused flooding in some areas.  The City of Tuscumbia is one of the ones affected by this flooding.  One of the areas that been closed off to the public is the Spring Park area.  Barricades have been placed at the entrances and exits of the Park.  Please do not try to go around the barricades.  This flooding has caused some fast moving water that is dangerous.

Spring Park

  We ask the public to refrain from coming into these areas of flooding.  These Floodwaters can rise quickly and if caught in the area, you may not be able to get out in time.  Remember; do not try to drive through flooded areas.  The water could be deeper than you expect.  It is better to turn around and take an alternative route. 

           The Tuscumbia Police Department, Street Department and other Departments within the City of Tuscumbia are working together to keep the citizens of Tuscumbia safe during this time of flooding.”

Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan

Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept through the Shoals area over the last two days.  Flooding has also been reported in the Quad Cities.  Roadways and underpasses have been blocked off to keep people from trying to drive through the flooded streets.  There was a report this morning of a Tractor submerged in a field on U.S. 43 in Colbert County.

The National Weather Service released the following statement about the rainfall this week:

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

1226 PM CST Wed Feb 20 2019

Lauderdale-Colbert-Franklin AL-Lawrence-Limestone-Madison-Morgan-

Marshall-Jackson-DeKalb-Cullman-Moore-Lincoln-Franklin TN-

1226 PM CST Wed Feb 20 2019

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for north Alabama and portions of

southern middle Tennessee.

DAY ONE…Tonight…

The risk for flash flooding and areal flooding is remains rather

high today as a band of showers and thunderstorms moves east with a

cold front today. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely to

occur over just a couple of hours time as this line moves through.

Also, gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph with the thunderstorms could

knock down trees due to the water-logged soil conditions. The threat

for heavy rain will diminish in northwest Alabama and southern

middle Tennessee this afternoon, but may continue into the evening

for central into northeast Alabama.

Outside of the rain areas, gusty southeast winds of 15 to 25 mph

with brief gusts of around 30 mph are also expected.

A Flood Watch remains in effect through 6 PM CST Friday evening.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Thursday through Tuesday…

Additional rainfall will occur late Thursday through Friday night as

a warm front lifts back northward. The heaviest rainfall will occur

southern middle Tennessee and far northwest Alabama. This will add

runoff to already swollen rivers and creeks across the area.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday and Saturday

evening as a cold front approaches the area from the west. Wind

gusts up to 60 mph will be the primary threat, though brief

tornadoes are possible.

Spring Park

The National Weather Service released the following Flood Warning Statement on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019:

A real Flood Warning

Issued: 3:20 PM CST Feb. 20, 2019 – National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has extended the

* Flood Warning for…
  central Lauderdale County in northwestern Alabama…
  Colbert County in northwestern Alabama…

* until 930 PM CST Wednesday.

* At 313 PM CST, emergency management has reported flooding ongoing
  in low-lying areas in Lauderdale and Colbert counties. Around two
  to three inches of rain fell yesterday and an additional one to
  two inches of rain today was sufficient to result in flooding
  across the area. 

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
  Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Killen, Cherokee,
  Littleville, Lexington, St. Florian and Underwood-Petersville.

In addition, flood waters are moving down Bear Creek from Bishop to
the Allsboro area. The creek is expected to crest at moderate stage
tonight.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles. Also, the Road bed may be washed out under
the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All
interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

 

 

Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton

We made contact with Colbert County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Melton, who was out checking road conditions.  Melton stated that “The area has received large amounts of rain this week.   I would guess that we have received over 5 inches of rainfall since Monday.”

The National Weather Service also released the following Statement about a Flood Watch:

Flood Watch

Flood Watch….National Weather Service Huntsville AL149 PM CST Wed Feb 20

Lauderdale-Colbert-Franklin AL-Lawrence-Limestone-Madison-Morgan-Marshall-Jackson-DeKalb-Cullman-Moore-Lincoln-Franklin TN-Including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield,Tuscumbia, Russellville, Red Bay, Moulton, Town Creek, Athens,Huntsville, Decatur, Albertville, Boaz, Guntersville, Arab,Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Rainsville, Cullman, Lynchburg,Fayetteville, Winchester, Sewanee, Decherd, Estill Springs,and Cowan

149 PM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 …FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON… The Flood Watch continues for

 * Portions of Alabama and southern middle Tennessee, including  the following areas, in Alabama, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb,  Franklin AL, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone,  Madison, Marshall, and Morgan. In southern middle Tennessee,  Franklin TN, Lincoln, and Moore. 

* Through Friday afternoon * Although heavy rainfall has ended in southern middle Tennessee  and northwest Alabama, and will be this evening in northeast  Alabama, runoff and flooding will continue tonight. Additional  heavy rain is expected at times late Thursday into Friday as  well, but the areal coverage is a bit more uncertain. Also,  additional heavy rain is expected on Saturday and Saturday  night. This watch may need to be extended into the weekend at a  later time. Thus, the Flood Watch will remain in effect through  Friday afternoon.

* Residents should make preparations now if they live in a flood  prone area.

This Flood Watch may need to be extended into the  weekend.

 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based oncurrent forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possibleFlood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should beprepared to take action should flooding develop.

 

Along with the Flood Statements, the national Weather Service also released a model for rainfall for the last two days.

 

We left Spring Park and drove to the Spring Creek Golf Course.  Upon arriving, we saw the “Closed” sign at the entrance to the Golf Course.  We soon saw why.  The following photos are of the Golf Course:

More rainfall is in the forecast for the rest of the week.  So make sure you avoid flooded areas.  Don’t try to drive through these flooded areas.  As the slogan says “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

**Photo Credits:  Tracey Inman**

    Bobby Inman is retired from Law Enforcement after 21 years of Service.  He has articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns& Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon, Kobo Writing, as well as Nook (Barnes & Noble).  He is owner of Poopiedog, an Animal Rescue Dachshund, who is his constant companion, as well as Snort-Snort, a Chihuahua. .  He is married to Tracey Inman.  Bobby and Tracey are photographers for Subtle & Slams Photography that specializes in Professional Wrestling Events.   He is a Senior Investigative Reporter for the Quad Cities Daily

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