DECATUR, Ala. — Multiple Flash Flood Warnings have been issued in North Alabama:
Huntsville - Flash Flood Warning until 4:15 p.m.
Limestone County - Flash Flood Warning until 9:45 p.m.
Meridianville - Flash Flood Warning until 4:15 p.m.
Moores Mill - Flash Flood Warning until 4:15 p.m.
Madison County - Flash Flood Warning until 9:45 p.m.
Heavy rain is leaving some roads in North Alabama flooded or impassible:
Huntsville police are reporting water over the following roadways:
- Zierdt Rd. at Edgewater Dr.
- Whitesburg Dr. near Thornton Ave.
- Whitesburg Dr. near Glencoe Rd.
- Meadowbrook Dr. at Hillwood Dr.
- Cecil Ashburn Dr. and Avalon Dr. Kenwood Dr. north of Mastin Lake Rd.
- Airport Rd. west of Memorial Parkway
- I-565 between Old Madison Pike and Research Park Blvd.
- Pulaski Pike near Kelly Cemetery
- Hobbs Rd. at Bell Rd.
Additionally, HPD is reporting that Little Cove Rd. at McMullen Rd. is closed due to flooding.
District 1 Commissioner Daryl Sammet has closed Barnes Rd. at Old Scrouge Rd. due to a washed out culvert. Barnes Rd will be closed until repairs can be made. Please use extreme caution while driving and follow all signage for your safety and others! (via Twitter)
City of Decatur:
Roads throughout the City of Decatur are experiencing moderate flooding. We strongly encourage motorists to avoid travel if possible until water subsides. (via Twitter)
Due to heavy rainfall, the roads are impassable in the town of Ardmore. Also, Please use extreme caution if you are driving in the surrounding areas of the City of Ardmore due to water ponding on roadways! (via Facebook)
RELATED: Tips for driving safely in the rain
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Mike Swafford said, "Us, but more importantly the rescue squad, have water rescues which are treacherous every time they have to do that because the person is in danger as well as the rescuers.”
Remember to turn around, don't drown. Just twelve inches of water is enough to sweep a vehicle away. If you do find yourself sinking, Young says it could be thirty minutes before rescue teams can get to you.
"It will take some time to get first responders there whether it be in the county, the city,” said Young. “Every fire truck in this county is not a water team, so to get the appropriate equipment and manpower there, it's going to take a few minutes."
Water can continue to rise days after heavy rainfall. No matter how shallow the water looks, do not drive around barricades.
Flooded roads are much harder to see at night. If you must get out after a storm, know what areas are prone to flooding and avoid them.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.