Flooding avoided-so far

Published 11:35 pm Monday, April 11, 2005

By By Mary-Allison Lancaster Managing editor
Rain has been falling in sheets over the past few weeks, leaving residents worried about Murder Creek overflowing, as well as other parts of the area flooding.
Last week, The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted Murder Creek would crest near 22.8 feet. This week, city and county officials are keeping a close eye on potential flooding, despite the National Weather Services prediction that flooding would not occur in the county.
A flood warning for some parts of Escambia County was posted by the NWS Thursday afternoon. Areas in Brewton were not included in the warning.
If flooding is to occur, NWS cautions drivers to not drive cars through flooded areas, rather turn around. Caution is also urged for people walking near riverbanks.
Alabama Agricultural statistics show that wet weather delayed field activity across most of the state. Soil moisture statewide was posted at a 67 percent surplus. As soon as the fields begin to dry out, farmers will be able to continue field preparation.
Alabama's weekly crop weather for last week showed that Brewton had received nearly 22 inches of rain since January 1. The total is four inches more than Mobile and Bay Minette, where earlier reports have shown major flooding.
This weekend, weather predictions indicate a rainless weekend with minimal clouds. However, that's expected to change Monday night when rain is likely to fall.