A literal foot of rain: Historic rainfall leaves major flooding

Massive amount of rain leaves a significant portion of area inundated with water, but damage reports are amazingly sparce

Much of Mud Creek Road, like the bottomland surounding it, was under water this weekend following a massive amount of rainfall that fell over the course of the week. News photo/Jason Collum
Employees of Moving Iron trucking company in Red Bay try to locate and clear a drain on Kennedy Street outside the business on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20. The blocked culvert was leading water to back up close to the company’s building. Water was up to a few trucks’ fuel tanks before the drain was opened.

It was about as bad as it was predicted to be, but it could have still been worse.

Much of the Midsouth was inundated with as much as a foot of rainfall last week. Flooding was reported throghought North Alabama, North Mississippi and Tennessee. 

According to National Weather Service records, Red Bay received 10.30 inches of rainfall last week, with much of that amount falling from Wednesday night into Friday. This pushed the month’s rainfall total to 12.37 inches, more than twice the average amount. Locally  heavier amounts were possible and likely. Rainfall totals ranged from 12.79 inches at Tupelo to 11.34 inches at Florence. Belmont’s measure rainfall was 10.78 inches.

The result was major flooding of low-lying areas in the region, especially around creeks and rivers. Bear Creek escaped its banks by more than a mile across the bottoms east of Red Bay, shutting off access to Mud Creek Road.

Mary Glass, with the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, has requested that anyone with flood damage or storm damage contact Franklin County EMA  at 256-332-8890 or tje Franklin County Sherrifs Dept. 256-332-8820. If you live inside a city limits, Glass asked that damage be reported to  please contact City Hall.