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Minor flooding still possible for Brewton/East Brewton

Published 9:40pm Monday, February 11, 2013

Subsiding rains decrease the possibility of flooding in the Brewton and East Brewton areas, but the possibility of minor flooding still exists according to county officials.

Escambia County Emergency Management Director David Adams said a late Monday update still put minor flooding within the realm of possibility for the area.

Adams said a crest of 23.3 feet is expected for Murder Creek at Hwy. 41 sometime Wednesday. Status of waterlevels late Monday were at nearly 14.5 feet and rising.

“The action stage is 17 feet and flood stage is 22 feet,” Adams said.  “The crest will depend on the total amount of the rainfall for the entire basin.  If the current prediction holds we may see flooding on Anne and Persimmon Streets and the water will be very close to reaching Highway 41.”

Although the danger of flooding may be minimal, city officials are keeping an eye on conditions.

In East Brewton, Street Superintendent Steve Dunaway said he is certainly watching the water levels at Murder Creek.

“We’re certainly hoping for the best in this situation,” Dunaway said. “I feel confident we’re going to be fine here. There will have to be a lot more rainfall for us to have a serious problem. I know we’ll be watching closely through the times given by officials of when we can expect a crest in the creek. We will certainly be giving our people as much advance notice as possible if we suspect we’re going to be facing flooding.”

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for parts of Escambia County and a Flood watch for all of Escambia County.  Radar estimates that between 3 to 5 inches of rain has fallen in our area and in Conecuh, Monroe, and Covington Counties.  This rain is expected to continue for the next few days.  The predicted rainfall can be an additional 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts of 5 to 7 inches.

City officials in Brewotn and East Brewton will be watching Murder Creek and the Conecuh River throughout the flood watch period

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