Crews secure marina stuck under bridge

By Jeanie Powell - bio | email

KILLEN, AL (WAFF) - Heavy rain caused major flooding in the Shoals Monday, forcing Lauderdale county residents to deal with rising water.

Rescue crews had to evacuate some people from their homes.

Boats and their docks from Emerald Beach Marina pulled loose and floated about a mile down river to Shoal Creek Bridge.

Members of the Alabama National Guard will travel from Cullman to Killen to help move the boats and debris.

Monday night, all efforts to remove part of the marina that's tightly wedged underneath the bridge ceased.

The Alabama Department of Transportation lit up the bridge so area police and firefighters could keep a close eye on it.

They need the structure to stay in tact and not move on its own until crews can get in there Tuesday morning.

"TVA's trying to keep the water level at it's current level to where it stays overnight," Deputy Chief Trent Putman of the Killen Fire Department said.

Tuesday morning, private contractors will use tugboats to get the marina away from the bridge, upriver, and secured.

Putman said contractors hope to have it up and out by 3:00 Tuesday afternoon.

Shoals fire departments stayed at the scene to make sure there's not a fire from the fuel in the boats.

Officials said none has leaked into the river.

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