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Families evacuated, roads closed during overnight storms

Stock photo of road closed (Source: MGN Online) Stock photo of road closed (Source: MGN Online)
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Ten families in Jackson County were evacuated from their homes overnight. Bridgeport Police said the families were evacuated because of flooding.

Residents awoke early Thursday morning to find more than a dozen storage sheds that had shifted from one side of Seventh Avenue to the other. Heavy rains had converted them to makeshift boats, floating 20 or more yards away. A mobile home was struck by a couple of sheds as they floated by.

Meanwhile, families from ten homes scattered across the city were forced to evacuate due to the rising floodwaters. Half of those were rescued by Fire Department personnel when they waited too late to get out.

Mayor Bubby Hughes said he hasn't seen rain like this in thirty years. "My buddy's gauge here at home says it had 7 3/4 inches. It was just like rivers."

Emergency Management officials say most of the evacuated residents are being allowed back into their homes and are getting cleanup kits from the Red Cross.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said several roads were affected by Wednesday night's severe storms.

A bridge on County Road 131 in Bryant was damaged.

Officials closed County Road 291 due to a bridge being washed out.

County Road 93 at the top of the mountain was also closed.

County Road 91 to State Line was reported to have debris on the roadway and "ponding" in low areas.

Alabama Hwy 65 to State Line also had debris and trees in the roadway. Power lines were down causing several power outages in the area. 

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