USA – Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Alabama

Storms in Alabama, USA brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding on roads and highways in the Birmingham Metropolitan area on 16 March 2022.

Floods in Homewood AL, USA, March 202. Photo: Homewood Fire Dept

Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency reported flooded roadways, water rescues and cars washed away from the road due to flood waters. The agency warned motorists to avoid travel in the warning areas including metro Birmingham, Fultondale, Hoover, Vestavia, Homewood and Mountain Brook.

The agency added, “Some parts of Birmingham around UAB and Hoover around Bluff Park have seen nearly 5 inches (130 mm) of rain with these storms. Please stay out of these areas.”

Local media said multiple motorists became stranded in the floods. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service were called on to carry out 8 flood rescues. One person sustained injuries and was hospitalized after being rescued from a vehicle trapped in flood waters. One person was in critical condition and taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital after he was swept away by floodwaters and rescued by bystanders.

Four people died in devastating flooding in areas of Alabama including Birmingham in October 2021.

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