Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, for several counties due to flooding caused by heavy rains over the past several days and ongoing severe weather this weekend.
The counties include Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, Dekalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Walker and Winston.
These counties are likely to be or are already being impacted by flooding, tornadoes and high winds. According to the National Weather Service, rain and severe thunderstorms will continue to move across Alabama throughout Saturday and into early Sunday morning.
“Parts of North Alabama have seen days of rain and the ground can no longer absorb it. Those rains combined with the ongoing severe weather today have caused a need for this State of Emergency,” Ivey said. “I pray that the people of Alabama will remain safe throughout the night and heed citizens to stay aware of weather conditions. We stand ready and are sending resources to help those who are in need tonight.”
Ivey has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton activated to respond to local requests as needed. The governor also ordered the Adjutant General of Alabama to activate the Alabama National Guard as required.
“Areas in Alabama affected by several days of rain have seen or will see historic flood levels,” said Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings. “The State of Emergency provides the Governor with authorities to deploy resources to assist in disaster response and recovery operations if required.”
By declaring the State of Emergency, Ivey is directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by the ongoing flooding and impact of today’s severe weather.