Recent rainfall could have damaging affects to the area’s roadways.
U.S. Highway 231 in Morgan County was closed due to major cracks found in the roads, but nothing close to that has been seen in Marshall County. According to Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett, the situation is currently considered normal for the area after torrential rainfall.
“This is typical to what we’ve seen before,” she said. “We’ve had a few roads flood and be closed for a period of time because the rain couldn’t run off fast enough, but
McBurnett said potential damage to roads in Marshall County was unknown, but anything significant would be found in the coming days.
“It’s going to take us a few days to see if there’s any damage,” McBurnett said. “With rain just now clearing out [Thursday], we’ll give time for water to recede and then assess any damages… Right now it’s just too early to tell, unless there’s major damage somewhere.”
Since Monday is Presidents’ Day, McBurnett said it could be Tuesday or Wednesday before crews can best evaluate road conditions.
According to the National Weather Service in Huntsville, North Alabama has surpassed last year’s precipitation count to date.
In 2019, from Feb. 1-12, North Alabama received approximately 1.37 inches of precipitation. In 2020, the area has received approximately 7.2 inches in the same amount of time. A normal amount in that time span is considered to be 2.01 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Since Jan. 1, North Alabama has tallied approximately 14.96 inches of rain. In 2019, the area saw only 8.52 inches in the same time frame. A normal amount in that span is considered to be 6.9 inches.