Canton streets among flooded
Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:00 AM
Nearly six inches of rain fell on Madison County Sunday and Monday causing some flooding of roadways and evacuations in Canton.
Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden on Monday declared a state of emergency after flooding on over six streets. This led to officials evacuating some elderly residents from their homes into a temporary shelter.
"As part of that emergency status, I mobilized the police and fire departments, parks and recreation and public works," Bolden said. "We were able to open up an emergency shelter for those families."
Bolden said they also worked with the housing authority to get some residents into hotels and motels for temporary stays.
Madison County Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack and his personnel assisted in the evacuation status, saying it was done purely out of caution.
"There was some porch-level flooding in some of those houses," he explained. "The issue was elderly and disabled people. If they needed medical assistance, we didn't want anybody having to tread water."
Hammack said they moved 18 people in all and many of them were back in their homes on Tuesday.
Some of the streets affected included South Hickory, South Union and Cameron Street.
Bolden said he met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday to discuss plans to alleviate future flooding problems.
"We will study the typography of the area and determine how we can provide some drainage solutions so these low-lying areas won't flood in the future," he said.
The rain began Sunday afternoon and carried on throughout Monday, dropping over 5.5 inches of rain on parts of Madison County.
In addition to streets in Canton flooding, Yandell Road was underwater from U.S. 51 to the other side of the Shell gas station, according to Hammack.
He said the rains caused the Big Black River to swell and could present future problems only if the rains continue.
"The Big Black could cause us some problems around Flora, in that area," he said. "But, the flood stage is well below threat level now. We've got some more rain coming but I believe there's enough delay and enough time that the water should recede enough."
There are slight rain showers in the forecast for Friday.