Spillways, which are designed to alleviate flood conditions on dammed lakes, were opened at Weiss, Henry, Lay and Mitchell dams, a statement from Alabama Power said in a press release issued just before 3 p.m. Spillway gates will be opened at Logan Martin and Jordan dams this afternoon, the release said.
Heavy rains this morning resulted in road closings around the area. Anniston’s Clydesdale Avenue was closed at 21st Street this morning due to rain covering the roadway, according to police.
Church Street between Ninth and 10th streets in Jacksonville was also closed because of a downed tree and power lines on the road, Jacksonville police said.
U.S. 78 at Riddle Farm Road in Choccolocco was closed earlier this morning because of a tree on the road, Alabama State Troopers officials said.
Farther west, U.S. 78 was closed from the Lincoln city limit to the Calhoun/Talladega county line, according to Steve Dover of the Talladega County EMA.
Rain fell in copious amounts this morning as the leading edge of a storm system rolled through the area. 2.41 inches of rain fell between midnight and noon at the National Weather Service’s observation site at Anniston Metropolitan Airport.
A flash flood watch remains in effect until 4 p.m. for the northern half of Alabama. A statement issued at 12:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Birmingham said periods of heavy rainfall are possible throughout the day, and any additional rainfall could result in flash flooding.
Check AnnistonStar.com for more details as they become available.