How Central Alabama residents can assess damages after recent flash flood—form closes Oct. 20

How Central Alabama residents can assess damages after recent flash flood—form closes Oct. 20
Flash flood causes damages throughout Central Alabama. Photo via City of Hoover’s Facebook page

The Birmingham area seems to be too familiar with the danger and horrors of flooding and natural disasters. The City of Hoover is working with Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency to help home and business owners in Jefferson and Shelby Counties assess damages from the recent flood. The deadline to complete the flood damage assessment online form is Wednesday, October 20.

Recent flooding in Central Alabama

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, a major flash flood occurred in Alabama. For instance, some parts of Hoover were flooded with over 10 inches of rain. In addition, this heavy rain over the span of a few days led to the death of at least four people in Central Alabama.

On a normal night, the E-911 Center answers 300 calls. However, on October 6, the emergency call center answered 784 calls, responding to 71 flood incidents. Luckily, the E-911 team and first responders were able to help many of the Alabamians in need.

“Our personnel’s teamwork, experience and efficient use of resources enabled our personnel to meet the challenges and handle the increased call volume.

They really did an excellent job handling a difficult situation.”

Linda Moore, Director, E-911 Center

Despite many finding help, numerous Alabamians still need help today repairing damage caused from the flood.

Find help assessing flood damages

The City of Hoover’s flood damage assessment portal is a way to gather information on the recent flood’s damages from home and business owners. Above all, this information will help determine if the City of Hoover, Jefferson County and Shelby County have eligibility to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s federal assistance. Also, the form will help the city know the impact from the flood.

Community members from both Jefferson County and Shelby County can complete the online form. This form will ask for:

  • Contact information
  • Damage details
  • Estimated water depth
  • Insurance information
  • Location
  • Photos of the damage

Stay safe and find help after the flood

Unfortunately, flash floods are a norm in Alabama. With the help of Alabama organizations, like United Way, Alabamians can find help to repair flood damages. Also, prepare for flash floods to stay safe during the next natural disaster.  

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