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Flood threat for south Ala., Fla. Panhandle

4:13 AM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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MOBILE, Ala. -- Heavy rains over southwestern Alabama are posing a threat of flooding and forecasters say the downpours are likely to continue into Monday.

The National Weather Service has the Mobile area under a flash-flood watch with between 2 and 4 inches of rain expected to fall. That's on top of more than 9 inches of precipitation that's accumulated since Friday.

Several roads have been flooded in Mobile County, where authorities say they've had a few motorists get stuck in mud and water as they tried to bypass barricades.

To the east, officials in the Florida Panhandle are assessing the damage after floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads.

A few hundred inmates at the Escambia County Jail were without power and air conditioning after the rains left more than 5 feet of water in the bottom floor. Extra deputies were brought in to beef up security.

Homes and businesses also had several feet of water inside. More than 100 residents spent Saturday night in three Red Cross shelters in Escambia County.

(Associated Press)

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