All of Coffee County near Pea River under ‘major’ risk of flooding, EMA says

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COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Coffee County residents near the Pea River are under a risk of “major” flooding, according to James Brown, director of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency.

Brown wrote in an email that the greatest threat to the region is the heavy rain that caused flash flooding and major-to-river flooding across the Wiregrass and Panhandle region.

So far, Enterprise received 8.76 inches of rain while Elba received 6.32 inches of rain. However, Brown said the county is expecting another five to seven inches of rain.

“Looking at the radar this thing looks pretty dry to the south of us, (though) we do still have one large feeder band to our east,” Brown wrote. “IF things remain the same and we don’t get the two feeder bands that have shrunk regaining strength we MIGHT get through this without a whole bunch of additional rain (1-3 inches instead of 5-7).

The EMA expects the Pea River at Elba to peak at 41.8 feet.

“The timing of the crest has moved up a bit to 7 PM on Thursday,” Brown wrote.

The county’s tornado watch has also been extended to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

At the moment, the EMA expects more Tropical Storm Force winds at 39 miles per hour or greater through about 1 a.m. Thursday.

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