Over the weekend, Clarke County received several inches of rain which resulted in flooding and also left several signs like this, scattered across the area.
“With the amount of rainfall north of us in Newton and Lauderdale County; our rivers continued to rise: the current levels as of noon on Monday in Enterprise are about 31 feet which is six feet above flood stage, we believe we are going to crest in Enterprise.” Said Eddie Ivy, Clarke County Emergency Management director.
According to Clarke County Emergency management, up to five inches of rain was received in some areas causing slow rising floods to cover roads.
“Several roads like County Road 320, that seemed to flood when this happened: it’s one of the places that gets out that road is closed. County Road 354 is closed as of right now, and we’ re monitoring; we’ re continuing to monitor the other roads that we usually have problems with." Said Eddie Ivy, Clarke County Emergency Management director.
Motorists are now required to reroute and stay away from closed roads.
“We’ re asking that the public, please plan ahead, figure out an alternate route to get from your home to where you need to be without trying to drive through those flooded roads. We don’t want to endanger the public, we don’t want to danger our first responders to make a rescue for something that’s this preventable." Said Eddie Ivy, Clarke County Emergency Management director.
It is only a matter of days until the flood waters are cleared and the roads are reopened.
“It can take several days: for example, we expect to crest in Enterprise today and the water to start falling, it’s continuing to rise in Stonewall, Quitman and Shoobota areas, and we’ll continue that until it’s Crested in all those locations and moved out.”Said Eddie Ivy, Clarke County Emergency Management director.