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Flooding reported after heavy rains

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Flooding problems are being reported as rain continues to fall across the Tennessee Valley. Flooding problems are being reported as rain continues to fall across the Tennessee Valley.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Flooding problems are being reported as rain continues to fall across the Tennessee Valley.

In Marshall County, the following roads are closed:

  • Butler Mill Road to Fish Trap Road
  • Snead Road
  • Mt. Vernon Road and Will Road in Boaz
  • The bridge on Horton Road between Old Oneonta Road and Jolly Road
Cathedral Caverns Road behind the caverns is covered with water.

In Albertville, water is ponding on South Broad Street between Bobo and College streets. Those roads are not closed at this time.

In Arab, all city streets and roads are open. Water is ponding on roadways and across roads. 
All city streets in Guntersville are also open.

Flooding has also been reported in Madison County. Butler Mill Road is closed at the Paint Rock River. Caldwell Lane near Hwy 431 has been reopened.

Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel as rain run-off and ponding continues. Drivers are urged to slow down and be aware of the road conditions, especially overnight.

When the rain falls down, the water levels in the creeks, streams and rivers go up - some more than others.

"Certainly Indian Creek here in Madison County, Aldridge Creek.  Indian creek is more flood-prone when it comes to rapid rising and falls.  It responds very quickly to a significant amount of rainfall," said David Nadler with the National Weather Service.

Nadler said that even when the sky is clear and the rain stops, there is still a chance for flooding.

"Even after the rain ends, we can see creeks and streams larger rivers peak and crest well after the rain has ended, so we start to get concerned when the river levels and creeks approach bank full or flood stage, and we have a variety of points along the rivers that we monitor," he said.

The water levels are tested with river gauges, and after a slight delay, Nadler said those levels will likely be higher.

"Sometimes the rivers, especially the larger rivers - the Tennessee, the Flint, they won't respond to the heavier rain until like two or three days after the heavy rain ends," said Nadler. "They are responding now, but they may not get into the flood stage level or above it until the rain ends because everything will flow - all the tributaries, creeks and streams that flow into these larger areas, that's what's going to put the larger rivers up."

If you see flooding where you are and can safely snap a picture, email it to pix@waff.com.

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