Severe Floods Require Rescues on Ala. Gulf Coast

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Emergency responders are rescuing people from rooftops of flooded homes and cars stuck on flooded roads in Gulf Shores and surrounding Baldwin County.

Mitchell Sims, Baldwin County’s emergency management director, said Wednesday morning that rescue efforts have been virtually nonstop since just before midnight. No deaths or other serious injuries were reported.

Gulf Shores received nearly 21 inches of rain in the past day and officials say the scene resembles the aftermath of a hurricane.

The intracoastal waterway rose so high it reached the canal road linking Gulf Shores with neighboring Orange Beach, and floodwaters filled parking lots near the beach.

In the inland town Silverhill, the National Weather Service projected the Fish River to crest above its all-time high set during Hurricane Danny in 1997.
 
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