Parts of city flood, shelter openedPublished 1:19pm Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
Heavy morning rains on July 18 brought as much as four feet of flooding in some parts of Alabaster, according to city officials.
Several homes, particularly near Buck Creek, were damaged by the flood waters, and city officials were forced to close portions of Sixth Avenue Northwest and First Avenue West as a downpour drenched the city throughout the morning.
An access road off Alabama 119 flooded near the Alabaster Post Office, blocking access to the Regions Bank. However, Alabama 119 remained open to traffic, Alabaster Mayor David Frings said.
“There are cars floating around, and some houses are flooded right now,” Frings said at about 1 p.m., noting areas near Buck Creek Park, the Alabaster Church of God and along Thompson Road were hardest-hit by the flooding.
Rains also reflooded the Albert L. Scott Library and the Thompson High School weight and locker rooms, both of which flooded after heavy rainfall on July 9.
The library flooded shortly after city officials celebrated the grand opening of a new expansion to the children’s section. However, the new wing was not heavily damaged during the flood, Frings said.
“It mainly flooded the areas where we had to replace the carpet after it flooded last week,” Frings said.
The city has opened the Alabaster Senior Center as a temporary shelter for anyone whose house was damaged during the flooding.
For an up-to-date listing of flood-related road closings, visit Facebook.com/alabasterpolice.