Fri.: Flood warning: River expected to reach flood stage today

Published 11:36 am Wednesday, March 25, 2009

[This story will be updated infrequently as the warnings and conditions change. This story was last updated Friday at 4:25 p.m.]

A number of river flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service in Birmingham for Demopolis and surrounding areas. People are advised not to drive through flooded areas.

A flood warning has been issued for the Tombigbee River at the Lower Demopolis Lock and Dam until further notice. At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the stage was at 65.7 feet, 13.9 feet higher than at the same time on Wednesday and 23.8 feet higher than at the same time on Wednesday. The flood stage for that point is 68 feet.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage by late Friday afternoon and continue to rise to near 76.9 feet by early Monday morning.

According to the NWS warning, at 77 feet, flooding of numerous cabins and trailers near the river can be expected.

A flood warning was also issued for the Black Warrior River at the Lower Selden Lock and Dam until further notice. At 9 a.m. on Friday, the stage was 92.3 feet. The flood stage is 90 feet. The forecast is for the river to continue rising to near 99.8 feet by early Sunday afternoon. The expected impact is for some cabins and trailers along the river to begin to flood.

A flood warning was also issued for the Tombigbee River at the Lower Gainesville Lock and Dam from Friday evening until further notice. At 7 a.m. on Friday, the stage was 98.8 feet, 11.7 feet higher than at the same time on Thursday. Flood stage is 101 feet.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage by late Friday afternoon and continue to rise to near 105.9 feet by Sunday morning. The river is expected to fall below flood stage by early Wednesday morning.

According to the NWS, at 101 feet, flooding of low-lying agricultural and wooded lands in the area occurs.

A flash flood watch is in effect forMarengo, Greene, Hale and Sumter counties in west Alabama until Saturday evening.