DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Areas of the Wiregrass have seen a tremendous amount of rain since the past weekend and more is arriving soon.
“Yesterday, last night we had torrential downpours that caused a little flooding on some roadways, and things of that nature rain is going to continue today and throughout the weekend, so we are watching that closely,” Houston County EMA Director Chris Judah said.
According to the Dothan Regional Airport, Dothan has seen a little over an inch of rain, but other areas have seen more. And because of that, the Wiregrass is at a low-end risk of possible flooding.
“We have a lot of low lying areas in our rural areas like if you go out on Highway 52 near Columbia, towards the river, Gordon even going toward the Wicksburg area it has a tendency to flood,” Judah said.
But areas inside of Dothan are also prone to flooding — like downtown Dothan.
“Another thing people need to realize is with all of this water our vegetation our grass is mostly moist so when we have some winds come through a lot of trees can be uprooted and fall in front of you,” He said.
With the threats of flooding, the EMA is constantly monitoring the Choctawhatchee River levels – right now, water is flowing like it’s supposed to as it’s about 8 feet below the flooding stage.
“We normally know ahead of time and we try to stay ahead of that but sometimes with this torrential amount of rain, the river builds up quickly and the areas around tend to flood,” He said.
Judah says to stay up to date with the weather by paying attention to WDHN’s Chief Meteorologist Matthew Wine and the Houston County EMA app.