Flooding, power outages reported Wednesday
by Staff Report
Excessive rain caused flooding, resulting in road closures in some cases in Talladega Wednesday.
There was flooding and power outages in and around Talladega County and Pell City when strong winds and rain moved across the state Wednesday.

Pell City Assistant Police Chief Ed Brasher said there was some flooding in some of the usual spots in the city Wednesday.

“The storm was pretty much uneventful,” Brasher said.

There was one report of a business in the historic downtown district of Pell City that was flooded, but waters receded within 30-40 minutes.

Brasher said there was also standing water along U.S. 231, near Iola Roberts Elementary School.

Tommy Bowers, the branch manager for Alabama Power Company in Pell City, said some local customers experienced power outages Wednesday.

“We had a few of our customers who lost power this morning,” Bowers said Wednesday afternoon.

He said a few hundred customers, south of Pell City, lost power temporarily Wednesday morning.

“There was not a large number of outages,” he said, adding that the rest of the power outages in the immediate area were sporadic.

Officials with the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported localized flooding and there were some road blockages because of flooding or because of trees and/or power lines down across roads.

Patrice Kurzejeski, the St. Clair County EMA assistant director, said there were also reports of flooding along U.S. 78, near Truss Ferry Road in Pell City and along another road inside the Pell City Industrial Park.

Officials said there were no reports of any actual storm damage in Pell City or in the immediate area surrounding Pell City.

In Talladega County, Sylacauga experienced few weather-related incidents Wednesday aside from some temporary flooding along high-traffic roads, including Fort Williams Street, Broadway, Norton and Avondale avenues and 10th Street, police said.

A majority of the flooding cleared up within a couple of hours, though some gutters and drains remained overrun throughout the day. There was one minor traffic accident on U.S. 280, but Police Capt. Kelley Johnson said weather was not a factor.

Unlike Talladega city and county schools, Sylacauga city schools followed their regular class schedule without any delays or cancellations.

In Childersburg, both the police and fire departments said there were no weather related incidents other than the normal flooding experienced in low-lying areas of the city.

Residents in the Walco community outside of Sylacauga found their backyards flooded as creeks came out of their banks.

© 2013