Several Alexandria roads were inundated Wednesday morning as 2 inches of rain covered much of Calhoun County, officials said.
“We did issue an urban small stream flood advisory for Calhoun County, but we didn’t receive any reports of major issues,” Mark Rose, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Calera, said on Wednesday.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said a deputy and firefighters parked trucks with their emergency lights on to warn people of the danger at a portion of Post Oak Road.
“People still went through there,” Wade said of the roadway covered with a pool of water. “They wouldn’t even slow down. I don’t understand why people wouldn’t just take a detour.”
Myles Chamblee, with the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency, said Wednesday afternoon that the agency had received no reports of major issues.
“We did get the usual flooding reports but no one was stranded or injured,” he said.
The rainfall Wednesday will make “a significant dent in the drought,” Rose said. According to the latest drought map, published last week, 100 percent of the state was in some kind of drought condition, with portions of central Alabama in an extreme drought. Most of Calhoun County was listed as being in a severe drought.
Another rain system is expected to move through the area Friday evening through Sunday, Rose said.
“After that passes through, we should be back down to normal,” he said of the drought. “That system will be another good soaking rain.”
Temperatures will be above average over the weekend.
“Normally this time of year the high is 56,” Rose said. “We’ll be looking at highs in the mid 60s.”