Firefighters Eyeing Alabama River's High Water Levels
The Montgomery Fire Department is tracking water levels on the Alabama River tonight. They say it could take days for water levels in some areas to go down with all the rain we've had in the past few days.
As nightfall comes, fire officials say the water on the Alabama River is going to get even higher. Usually the riverfront area is about 18 to 20 ft. deep, but with Jordan Dam open, it could peak up to 40 ft. And it's not the only place that's prone to flooding that firefighters are watching.
Greely Wales lives off Federal Drive. He says when the maps look like this, he's worried water could get inside his home.
Take a look at this photo: This is Jordan Dam in Wetumpka. There's been so much rain, Alabama Power has opened the dam -- and all that water is going into the Alabama River.
Fire officials are asking drivers to take precaution incase the water reaches streets.
Montgomery got about 3 inches of rain with the severe weather. The fire department says they'll continue to eye the river incase the worst happens.
Firefighters think the gates at Jordan Dam will be open throughout the night. They say to watch for possible rushing water, especially in low-lying areas.