Major flash flooding in Alabama killed a child and forced nearly 100 rescue missions from homes and cars

Major flash flooding in Alabama killed a child and forced nearly 100 rescue missions from homes and cars

  • Major flash flooding in Alabama on Wednesday night left a child dead.
  • The disaster prompted nearly 100 rescue missions from homes and cars, CNN reported.
  • A flood watch remains in effect through 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Major flash flooding in parts of Alabama on Wednesday night left one child dead and forced missions to rescue people from homes and cars in the Birmingham area, CNN reported on Thursday.

The child’s death occurred in the town of Arab, about 60 miles north of Birmingham, according to the Marshall County Coroner’s Office.

In Pelham, a city 20 miles south of Birmingham, first responders received more than 280 calls for help, the report said, and they made 95 rescues from homes and cars.

Car travel through floodwaters on Montgomery highway Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, near the Riverchase Galleria complex in Birmingham, Ala.

Car travel through floodwaters on Montgomery highway Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, near the Riverchase Galleria complex in Birmingham, Ala.

AP Photo/Vasha Hunt


“Our city was justĀ affected back in March by a tornado, so we still have residents recovering from that. So this has been a tough year for Pelham,” Police Chief Pat Cheatwood told reporters on Thursday.

Late Wednesday night, the National Weather Service referred to the unfolding disaster as “life-threatening flooding.”

“Please remain at home! Do not enter flood waters if you’re already out traveling,” the agency wrote in a tweet.

Heavy rainfall has tormented pockets of central Alabama for a few days now, with some areas seeing 6 to 13 inches of rain, the NWS said, and more could still come on Thursday.

A Pelham police vehicle is parked near floodwaters on County Road 52 Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Pelham, near Birmingham, Ala.

A Pelham police vehicle is parked near floodwaters on County Road 52 Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Pelham, near Birmingham, Ala.

AP Photo/Vasha Hunt


Already, the rainfall crushed the October average of 3.34 inches, according to CNN.

A flood watch remains in effect for central Alabama through Thursday evening.

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