Storms, flooding cause damage in West Alabama

Storms, flooding cause damage in West Alabama

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Amerigas in Northport. Source: WBRC video Amerigas in Northport. Source: WBRC video
Dozens of 1,000 pound gas tanks floated away from the Amerigas in Northport on Monday morning. Source: WBRC video Dozens of 1,000 pound gas tanks floated away from the Amerigas in Northport on Monday morning. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Overnight storms created flooding problems and led to wind damage in parts of Tuscaloosa County.

In Northport, Amerigas at the intersection of Boone Road and Highway 82 had waist-deep water between the front door and the road.

Andrew Haygood, a driver there, says it's the worst flooding he's ever seen there.

The big problem near Amerigas is the creek behind the business cresting, which led to most of the flooding. The water is so high dozens of 1,000 pound gas tanks started to float away this morning.

"We had about, I'd say 75 or so, I'd say were sitting outside the fenced in area we had back there. And at least half of those floated off," Haygood said around 8:30 a.m.

Two miles west down Highway 82, some people living on Elbert Taylor Loop hadn't seen flooding like this in more than 10 years. Creek water behind their homes nearly circled some of them.

Janie Hopkins says they packed old sand bags in front of the garage, but water still got inside the house. She says in years past, they got help with sand bags from the City of Northport, but that didn't happen this time.

"We called Northport to get them to bring me sandbags and they wouldn't do it. They said they don't do that anymore," Hopkins said.

FOX6 News spoke to Northport City Administrator Scott Collins who said he was unaware of the issue but would check on it.

In Buhl, Kim Strickland is glad neighbors were able to free her after a fallen tree trapped her inside her mobile home. Just after 2 a.m., the wind picked up and she got scared. But it was too late to leave. She decided to wait out the storm in a closet.

The wind knocked a tree onto the trailer. Strickland was trapped and feared she'd die there alone. Then help arrived from neighbors Dustin Freemon and others arrived. Now she's safe, but in some pain.

"I'm very sore. I feel like I've been in a car accident. But I'm OK and I'm glad I'm alright," she said.

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