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University of Alabama warns students/staff about flash flooding on campus streets

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APR's Pat Duggins

Heavy rain caused some flash flooding in parts of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama campus. University officials tweeted information about various road closures because of flooding and have asked people to avoid driving on campus. Some areas of the city of Tuscaloosa also are experiencing flooding. Forecasters reports most counties in central Alabama are under a flash flood watch through Sunday. APR news spoke with Joe Maniscalco, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Mobile following Hurricane Ida. He says cars on a flooded roadway could be swept away if the water is flowing with a strong current…

“It’s very, very important that if you see a water covered roadway, anywhere that you turn around. Otherwise you would potentially lose control of the vehicle, and get in a bad situation,” he told APR.

The University of Alabama issued a text alert to students, faculty, and staff to avoid the Tuscaloosa campus due to flooded streets. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are coming to Alabama’s southeast coast to study why roadways in the Eastern Shore tend to crumble during flooding caused by major storms.