Heavy rains bring minor flooding to Cleburne roads
by Laura Camper
Dec 22, 2013 | 3282 views |  0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleburne County saw minor flooding Sunday due to the heavy rains overnight, said county officials.

According to Steve Swafford, director of Cleburne County Emergency Management Agency, there was minor flooding on County Road 49 in the Borden Springs area and County Road 679 near Ranburne. Neither road had to be closed as of 1 p.m., he said.

The two sites are prone to flooding, Swafford said.

“That site in Borden Springs has been reported more than the other,” he added.

There is at least one more cause than the weekend’s rain for the flooding, he said. The saturation of the ground with water from a wet year also is a factor, he said.

No flooding was reported in Calhoun County, according to police and fire departments.

Swafford advised people living in areas near the flooded Cleburne County roads to be careful. He also said as a general precaution that motorists shouldn’t drive through water on roadways.

The National Weather Service declared both Calhoun and Cleburne counties to be under a flood watch until 6 a.m. Monday morning. Additionally Cleburne County was under a flood advisory until 1:45 p.m. today.

Jessica Chace, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Calera, said the two counties received an average of about 2 inches of rain over the weekend and could receive about an inch more by the time the system moves out.

“There is a slight chance for more rain this evening, but it will be lighter in nature than what we saw this morning,” Chace said.

The rain was slowing this afternoon, said Cleburne County Engineer Shannon Robbins.

“It looks like it’s clearing out,” Robbins said. “We’ll be fine.”

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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