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City of Muscle Shoals installs guard rails near ditch

Guard rails were installed along Southgate Mall in Muscle Shoals. (Source: WAFF) Guard rails were installed along Southgate Mall in Muscle Shoals. (Source: WAFF)
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

Guard rails meant to keep vehicles from being swept into a flooded drainage ditch have been installed at the perimeter of the Southgate Mall parking lot.

The city spent approximately $28,000 to put rails along the length of the ditch from in front of Logan's Roadhouse restaurant to where existing rails were in place. More than 1,000 feet of railing was installed along Logan's Roadhouse and Chick-fil-A

The rails were installed last week by Atwood Fence Company from Mississippi.

City engineer Brad Williams said the guard rails would stop a vehicle before it reached the ditch if a vehicle were caught in flood waters.

On June 23, a water rescue from a Muscle Shoals parking lot was caught on camera as people linked arms to save a woman. The city moved quickly to prevent this from happening to anyone else before the next potential flood.

Mayor David Bradford said it was a priority to get the guard rails up.

"The guard rail was the quickest thing we could do that would make sure that nobody could get into the deep water of the ditch," said Williams.

Three and half inches of rain fell in an hour that day. Williams said the parking lot of Southgate Mall had about 18 inches of standing water from that day's downpour.

"But that's all it takes for some small cars to be floating on that much water and in the ditch its much deeper. It can be six feet deep probably," he said.

"We hope this will help. Of course, we recommend people not drive through any water that is that deep or really any standing water. There are a few other ways to get out of this parking lot and we definitely recommend you go that way if it ever happens again. But at least this way if a car were to be floating or somewhere out of control it wouldn't get into the ditch," Williams said.

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