CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Over the weekend, parts of Calhoun County were underwater as flash floods drenched the Anniston area. The weather had firefighters rescuing people from there homes, some of which were under several feet of water.
With more rain expected this week, CBS 42 spoke with first responders to learn how residents can best prepare.
While there is no way to anticipate a flash flood, you can still prepare yourself in the case it happens. The areas of Anniston that saw the worst flooding were homes in low-lying areas as well as neighborhoods with poor drainage. The assistant fire chief says the best thing you can do is stay informed.
“Well awareness, situational awareness is the biggest thing. You’ve got to know if there’s a big storm system coming and you’re in its way to be prepared to either leave or go to a friends house.”Eric Arnold; Assistant Chief of Anniston Fire Department
Arnold says most the time, you simply need to wait out the storm and stay indoors. If residents do feel there are in an unsafe situation, the assistant fire chief says do not hesitate to call first responders for help.