Flooding from Hurricane Sally to possibly affect Elba

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — Elba deals with flooding multiple times of the year, whether from regular rain storms, tropical storms, or even hurricanes so it is no surprise that the citizens and local emergency management agency know what to do.

The EMA is tracking the projected rain fall amounts to estimate how much flooding there will be.

“We would ask that you pay attention to the weather, to the forecasting,” Coffee County EMA Deputy Director Grant Lyons said. “Again with the rain amounts we’re talking about, it is something to watch. What’s more concerning to us is again the duration of this event so while it may rain six to eight inches here, we also may get rain up in the northern part of the state.

“When that starts to come back down you talk about riverine flooding and things like that. That would present potentially a concern.”

In the past, the Pea River has flooded up to level the road and bridges above it.

Many residents have lived through the flash flooding and hurricanes before, so they know how to prepare and stay safe from the elements.

“Yes and that’s what the problem is most of the time, it is the water,” Elba resident Maria Nelson said. “And I did have a friend that was living in one of those zones, and her house was flooded, and it ended up being condemned. And so, she had to find a whole new place to live and everything, and I just don’t want that to happen to me.”

The Coffee County EMA suspects moderate flooding for Elba and hopes it will not reach any higher.

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