Alabama flooding

Days of rain have left parts of Alabama awash in millions of gallons of dingy water that overflowed from sanitary sewer systems.

Reports submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management show more than 18.5 million gallons of sewer water spilled out over the past 10 days around Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, which had heavy rains over the period.

In the Tennessee Valley, a city leader in Decatur wants action after millions of gallons overflowed there.

Forecasters say severe storms including tornadoes are possible from eastern Texas across the Deep South later this week.

The Storm Prediction Center says more than 9 million people live in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana where there's an enhanced risk of severe weather on Friday. Storms will move eastward on Saturday, with the potential bullseye covering millions of people across much of Mississippi and Alabama, plus parts of eastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters say heavy rains are possible in addition to damaging winds.

Associated Press

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee River and other streams are lowering in hard-hit areas of north Alabama after days of flooding.

The National Weather Service says the Tennessee has crested throughout the region, even though the water is still high in many areas.

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two people believed missing on waterways swollen by days of heavy rain in Alabama.

Crews are looking along the Cahaba River near Birmingham for a woman who disappeared Sunday. A spokesman with Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue says her vehicle was found near the river, but crews don't know where she is.

In northeast Alabama, authorities say a teenage boy is still missing days after the vehicle he was riding in was swept off a bridge by floodwaters from a creek at Bucks Pocket State Park.

National Weather Service

Forecasters say Alabama's coast remains under a flooding threat following heavy rains, and more precipitation is on the way.

Some areas already have received as much as 4 inches of rain in the last two days, and the weather service says another 4 inches could fall in spots by Saturday morning.

Rainfall totals of 1 inch to 3 inches are expected across a wide area of southwest Alabama.

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Strong thunderstorms caused downpours that resulted in flash flooding in parts of Alabama.

The weather service didn't report any severe weather associated with the storms on Tuesday, but the downpours created headaches for some.

Streets flooded in parts of Jefferson County and Birmingham, causing traffic tie-ups. The weather service said flash flooding was likely near Montgomery, with deluges of as much as 2 inches of rain possible in a short time.

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Flood watches and warnings continued for much of Alabama, as heavy rain continued to fall on already saturated ground.

   In northern Alabama, emergency managers reported flooding across parts of central Morgan and much of central and eastern Lawrence counties.

   In Moulton, authorities said several roads were impassable and several houses had flooded near the city's downtown area.

   Authorities said numerous roads were also impassable in and around Decatur and Hartselle.

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Rivers are rising and flooding continues to be a threat as rain keeps falling in Alabama.

A flood warning is in effect for most of northern and western Alabama, and a flood watch covers the rest of the region.

The National Weather Service says as much as 1 inch of additional rain could fall Wednesday, increasing flooding problems since the ground already is saturated with water.

Forecasters say the Flint River is more than a foot above flood level in Madison County, and the Paint Rock River is 2 feet above flood level in Jackson County and rising.