United Way mobilizing Central Alabama flood relief efforts — see how you can help

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Flooding in Jefferson and Shelby County
Floodwaters from October 6, 2021 flood in Shelby County washed car away. Photo via WVTM 13

United Way of Central Alabama has launched a website to support Jefferson and Shelby flood relief efforts.

Read on to learn how you can help our neighbors.

Up to 13 Inches of Rain

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, heavy rains caused deadly flash floods in the United Way coverage area.According to the National Weather Service and local meteorologists, parts of the Birmingham area reported receiving from 7 inches to a foot of rain in just a few hours on Wednesday alone. Days of heavy rain caused extensive flooding in Central Alabama, killing at least four people. The most severely affected areas included several communities in north Shelby County and Jefferson County.

United Way is Here to Help

Whenever there is a disaster UWCA is ready to help

Already this year, our local United Way has supported the Fultondale/Center Point community which was struck by tornadoes in early January. 

United Way also helps Individuals and families locally and statewide who are seeking support and disaster relief through the 2-1-1, UWCA’s information and referral line

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Ocober 6, 2021 flooding in the Cahaba River watershed. Photo via Cahaba Riverkeeper

In response to the Central Alabama floods this week, United Way of Central Alabama has launched a website dedicated to responding to the immediate and long-term needs of the victims of this disaster.

Donations will go directly toward assisting individuals and families; and any contributions received beyond the needs resulting from this event will be used for future disaster relief within the UWCA service area.

To support flood relief efforts in Central Alabama, you can donate online at www.uwca.org/flood

  For additional ways to donate:

  • Text “flood” to 62644
  • Mail a check (denote “October Flood”) to:

United Way of Central Alabama

P.O. Box 320189

Birmingham, AL 35232-0189

In addition to raising funds, United Way is organizing and mobilizing volunteers to aid with clean-up and other pressing needs. Call UWCA’s 2-1-1 to find out ways you can help.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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