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Overnight rains took West Alabama under water

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PICKENS COUNTY - AL -

    It was like the Great Flood hit West Alabama overnight.   25 homes in the town of Gordo were left under water after along 8th Street and Ben Elmore Road.

    "Water has never got in my house, never and I've been living here for 27 years," said Billie Spencer.   She says she woke floating on her mattress.  "I heard something fall.  I woke up and went to put my foot out the bed and it was in water.  My mattress was moving."

     Everything from Spencer's furniture to appliances were floating in her house from room to room.

     The dirt foundation beneath a road leading to a bridge along Ben Elmore Road completely washed away on both sides.   The washout of four roads throughout Pickens count lead school officials to delay the start of school for two hours.

      A thrift business and airplane hanger in Reform were damaged but there were no injuries.

     Pickens County's Emergency Management Director says about 9 or 10 inches of rain fell over a four hour period.  They have asked state officials for any help available.

 

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