UPDATED 3X: Heavy Rains Continue to Fall, Flash Floods Closing Area Roads

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CULLMAN – With heavy rain expected for most of Christmas Day and into the evening, Cullman residents are being advised to stay put due to flash flooding and road closures.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Cullman County until 8:45 p.m. See details below:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLASH FLOODING ACROSS MUCH OF CULLMAN COUNTY. MANY ROADS ARE STILL COVERED BY FAST FLOWING WATER. IN SEVERAL AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN COUNTY… BRIDGES HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY ENTIRELY. WHILE THE RAIN IS NOT AS HEAVY AS EARLIER TODAY… FLOODING WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO THE EVENING. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. IT IS HARDER AT NIGHT TO RECOGNIZE IF A ROAD IS FLOODED!

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. 

Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is urging residents to NOT drive through flooded areas. 

Current road closures (Updated 5:30 p.m.):

  • Flooding has washed out bridges in Cullman County:

    • County Road 1508

    • County Road 1518

    • County Road 1568

    • County Road 1059

    • County Road 1823

    • County Road 1121

    • County Road 1371 – Sinkhole

    • County Road 222 – Grandview Bridge

  • Catoma Falls Bridge is now completely submerged.

  • Larkwood Drive Northeast is closed.

  • Bridge and Rosemont Avenue between Mitchell Road Northwest and Sportsman Lake Road are closed.

  • Convent Road Northeast between Burnham Drive and Sharpton Road Northeast.

  • Additional city streets are flooded.

ALDOT Road Closures and Advisories

 

Cullman City Street Department and Cullman County Street Department are out checking all streets, roads and bridges.

Cullman County EMA Director Phyllis Little said they've had reports of "standing water in some areas due to heavy rain.”

Little said earlier Christmas morning reports came in from Hanceville regarding flooding along Mud Creek that started early this morning.

Because of the heavy rains causing issues with water washing over the roads in some areas, Little stated, "don't drive through flooded areas. Stay alert.”

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Cullman County until 5:45 p.m. 

SEE ALSO: Sheriff Gentry Asking Residents to Stay Home

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