Storm brings beneficial rain

Published 7:39 pm Saturday, August 23, 2008

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Fay will continue through tonight as Chilton County remains under a flash flood watch.

As of about 3 p.m. Saturday, most areas of the county had already received an inch of rain, and more is expected. The National Weather Service has predicted that three to 11 inches of rain could fall over for the duration of the storm. Some areas could potentially see higher amounts.

The storm also forced the annual En Fuego music festival to be canceled.

Tropical Storm Fay could bring the possibility of very heavy rainfall to south central Alabama. The rain bands are expected to affect the area through Sunday. The heaviest rainfall is expected south of a line from Eutaw to Centreville to Layfayette. That contains the whole county.

Chilton County Emergency Management Agency director Bill Collum said they are looking at the possibility of some flash flooding, but none was reported yesterday.

“I think we haven’t had that much flooding because the rain has been steady and not that heavy,” Collum said.

Other counties included in the watch area include Sumter, Greene, Bibb, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties and all counties to the south.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. The weather service is reminding all residents to never drive vehicles into areas where the water covers the roadway.

“Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road,” the weather service said in a severe weather statement. “When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice, turn around and don`t drown.”

A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for rapidly rising waters and flooding in and near the watch area.

The weather service keeps rain in the forecast through Monday.

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