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River won't crest until at-least Saturday

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     The U.S. Corp of Engineers office in Tuscaloosa County does not expect the Black Warrior River to crest until sometime this weekend.

      Given the rain continued Wednesday, first responders were sending out warnings as the water covered Manderson Landing at River Road Park.  Benches where people normally sit to view and enjoy the water were submerged.  Officials say it's important not to walk and drive in areas that are covered with water or just recently receded.  "Probably 50 to a 100 feet away...that's a good safe zone and that way there's no accident . Sometimes the roadways and banks and stuff have been compromised because all the rain and the saturated ground we have now," said Lt. Marty McElroy - a Water Operations Coordinator with Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue.

      The Oliver Lock and Dam is a test point for many in the county.  Many say once they see water covering the Spill-Way as it was most of the day Wednesday, they know more water could cover more roads in low lying areas.

      The Corp of Engineers says the river that runs through Demopolis may crest late Saturday.

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