Alabama is hit by flash floods that may have killed the driver whose car ended up in a ditch: locals swim and SURF the streets of Tuscaloosa
- Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Alabama on Saturday
- About 2.5 to 3 inches has fallen and more is expected
- Flash floods swept a red SUV under water on Saturday afternoon
- The truck has been located, but the driver is still missing and feared dead
- The waters were so deep that locals could be seen swimming and surfing the streets of Tuscaloosa around the University of Alabama
Alabama was hit by flash floods deep enough for locals to swim and surf in the streets, but fears are that the heavy rains and floodwaters have claimed at least one life.
A man’s SUV was sucked into a ditch in Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon and is now feared dead.
Someone saw the man and his car disappear under the water and immediately called 911. First responders found what was left of the red SUV and pulled the wreckage out of the water, but there was no trace of the 40-year-old driver.
He has not been named by local officials while search and rescue efforts are underway.
Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith said nearly half of the department searched for the driver within a mile of where the truck was, but no luck so far.
Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue team pulls the red SUV out of the floodwater
Red SUV has been found and recovered, but driver is still missing and feared dead
The search and rescue mission was suspended Saturday and will resume Sunday morning, Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue said Saturday night.
“We’ve had crews walking the tracks, we’ve had crews with police and firefighters walking through the woods, it’s just getting to the point where it’s starting to get dark and getting more dangerous too, so we’re interrupting the search until we can do it.” it a little better,” Chief Smith said WBRC.
Heavy rains caused flash flooding in the area around the University of Alabama campus that was so deep that locals swam and surfed in the streets, which William O’Neal captured on videos and posted on Twitter.
Locals saw surfing and swimming in floodwaters in Alabama on Saturday afternoon
Some people – like this man – went swimming, with the water deep enough for him to do the breaststroke
Tuscaloosa police said they received 105 calls between 12:30pm and 6:00pm on Saturday, most of which were weather related. AL.com reported.
The Emergency Management Agency said in Twitter statements that several Alabama counties will be underwater and impassable on Saturday night.
The National Weather Service said the storms are expected to continue on Sunday and that between an inch and 6 inches of water has already fallen.
Abandoned cars can be seen in photos on social media still being left in floodwaters that have risen near or above the doors.
“This activity is expected to be slow and at times heavy,” the National Weather Service said in its most recent statement Saturday night.
‘There is a chance of another one to three centimeters of rain with locally larger amounts. If that rain falls on the already wet ground, there is a risk of sudden flooding.’
Information provided by the National Weather Service