A heavy onset of rain around 3PM caused major flash flooding this afternoon, March 16th, which continues to impact most of the Birmingham area. Take a look at some of the areas that were impacted, and some tips on how to stay safe.
Major flooding across town
Local roadways were taken over by intense flooding. Water has swept away cars and even impacted some businesses, like Pies and Pints. Video footage shows floodwaters raging outside the business, and overflowing into the restaurant.
There have already been several water rescues taking place across town.
According to a statement from UAB, there are multiple road closures near campus, including:
- 14th Street South and 5th Avenue South
- 22nd Street South and 7th Avenue South
- 13th Street South and 11th Avenue South
- 14th Street South in front of UAB Police Department
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning in effect until 8:15PM for Jefferson County.
Use extreme caution if travel is absolutely necessary, otherwise stay off the roads until flood waters subside.
“Not all rescues are “swift” water rescues. Many flash flooding rescues occur in standing water. Please remember this when you’re traveling & encounter flooding. NEVER drive into floodwaters…rushing OR standing! Don’t put others’ lives in danger!”National Weather Service, to WVTM13
After the rain comes the rainbow
Mere hours after the severe thunderstorm, it’s all sunny skies, and double rainbows are popping up across town.
Check out these photos from the Bham Now team:
Stay safe out there Birmingham! Keep an eye out for alerts from James Spann and the National Weather Service for further updates.