OHATCHEE— Parts of Calhoun County were soaked Tuesday by an estimated 3 inches of rain, which shut down some roads as a line of storms moved through the area, officials said.
Meteorologist Gerald Satterwhite with the National Weather Service in Calera said by phone that while the Anniston Regional Airport saw less than half an inch of rain, the northwest area of the county saw about 3 inches.
“There were videos of flash flooding in the Ohatchee area,” he said. “That’s why we issued the flash flood warning.”
Ohatchee police Chief Jason Oden said by phone Tuesday afternoon that city employees blocked off sections of Spring Road. By 7:30 p.m. two roads were closed: Cherokee Trail from J Street to Park Wood Drive, and Spring Road from Janney Road to Highway 77. Both will be closed for a few days, according to Oden.
On Spring Road around 3 p.m. Tuesday, some drivers pulled up to the water’s edge and backed up to turn around, but at least one Jeep plowed through the standing water. The front yards of several homes along that road disappeared beneath the clay-colored waters, and some driveways were impassable.
Jacksonville police Assistant Chief Bill Wineman said the rains brought down a tree on Broadwell Mill Road, which blocked the road and fell on a power line.
Jacki Lowry, spokeswoman with Alabama Power, said that throughout the day Calhoun County had about 1,500 customers without power but most had been restored.
Flooding was also reported on Almaroad Place, Wineman said.
“It’s been the normal flooding,” he said. “It’ll be gone 10 minutes after it stops raining.”
Police in Oxford and Anniston said they had no reports of major flooding.
The rain will likely continue throughout the week, Satterwhite said.
“It’s going to be hot and muggy so we’ll probably have some showers pop up throughout the rest of the week,” the meteorologist said.
Satterwhite said temperatures will average 83 degrees for the afternoon highs and will bottom out in the 60s until the end of the week.
“Beyond that we don’t have any predictions for major storms,” he said.