Heavy flooding forces evacuations in Moundville

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Power back on in Hale County

UPDATE 1/2/2019:

Power is restored in the area that flooded in Moundville, authorities report. They also hope to get the road fixed by the weekend. At this time, there are no reports of when residents will be able to move back in their homes. 

MOUNDVILLE, Ala (WIAT) — Several families have been forced to evacuate their homes after heavy flooding on County Road 21 near the Black Warrior River on Monday.

The Hale County Emergency Management Agency says water washed out part of County Road 21 which is the one road in and out of the community. Severe weather has caused power outages in the area.

Water rescue teams with Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, spent the day traveling by boat to get evacuees out of the area. Hale County EMA Director, Russell Weeden, says the evacuee efforts were a little dangerous, and it will be a long road to recovery.

“It’s the worse I’ve ever seen it. I have no idea how long it’s going to take them to repair that.” said Weeden.

Weeden says 19 people were evacuated. That includes 14 adults, five children, and four dogs. Three elderly woman had to be evacuated for health concerns. 

Evelyn Johnston has lived in the area since 1994. She says this is the worse flooding she’s seen.

“When I found out the road wasn’t going to be fixed I knew I had to do something.” said Johnston.

Johnston says the community is use to flooding, and usually stay in their homes when it  does flood. She says it different this time because part of the main road washed away. Johnston says she was grateful to see help arrive.

“I was so proud to see them,” Johnston said, “I could’ve hugged everyone of them.”

Johnston will be staying with her daughter in Trussville until she can safely return home. The Red Cross is assisting other families in need. County Engineers will assess the damage this week. Hale County Officials say there are reserve funds to cover the repairs. There is still no word on how long it will take for those repairs to be made and power restored.

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