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Alabama flash floods: Cars submerged, homes flooded after heavy rains hit parts of state

CA, 07 Oct 2021
Rescues were under way and roads were closed in several cities in Alabama late Wednesday after heavy rain flooded parts of the state, and the weather department issued a flash flood emergency for several counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham said numerous people had been rescued from vehicles stuck in water and that homes and roads were flooded, with the rains forming and moving into areas already suffering from significant and life-threatening flooding.

The NWS issued a flash flood emergency late Wednesday for Shelby and Jefferson county in Alabama, where the weather stations recorded 13-25 cm of rain in a day.

"We've had numerous water rescues, people trapped in cars and rescued by fire departments and police departments, and we've had damage reports of trees on houses and trees on roadways, and it's really across the entire Birmingham metro area," Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Coker told CNN.

Alongside the weather department, city of Alabama also warned the residents to stay in their homes and avoid travel.

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