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Flooded Fourth across the TN Valley

Vehicles were swept off flooded roads. Vehicles were swept off flooded roads.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Rain fell across the Tennessee Valley throughout the day on July 4, causing traffic headaches and property damage.

Authorities had to shut down roads in parts of Madison, Morgan and Limestone Counties due to rising flood waters. There were reports of stalled vehicles on roads covered with water. The heavy rain also flooded neighborhoods and an apartment complex.

There was widespread flooding on streets and low-lying areas in Decatur. Many backyards were turned into lakes in a short span of time. Flood prone areas such as Ray Avenue became rushing rivers. At least one vehicle was swept away from the road and submerged in the water.

An apartment complex elsewhere in Decatur had to be evacuated by police. Residents at the Parkway Place complex said this was the worst flooding they have encountered. Nearly a dozen apartments suffered damage.

Morgan County authorities closed many roads due to the flooding. A barricade was put up to block the road in front of Danville High School, but it didn't stop some vehicles from going around it. Officials advise continued caution if you have to be out in that area overnight.

Rainwater flooded the parking lot of Jimmy's Furniture Outlet in Athens. The owner put sand bags near the front of the business, but water still managed to make its way in. Water also flooded the parking lot of Midway Baptist Church on Highway 72. Both places have begun to see flood water receding.

Rain and possible flooding are expected again through at least Friday.

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