East AL emergency officials urge caution due to potential inclement weather

East AL emergency officials urge caution due to potential inclement weather

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Heavy rain came hammering through East Alabama causing roads and bridges to wash out.

Today, emergency officials are preparing for another potential system to come through this week.

"It changes rapidly with tropical systems," said Rita Smith, a Lee County EMA public information officer. "When you've already had a lot of rain and you've had standing water, then you get more dumped on you that becomes more of a problem."

Just off Lee Road 319,  a bridge collapsed in the early hours Wednesday.

Throughout Lee County, a number of roads are impacted as well, causing school delays in the middle of the week and drivers to divert their path.

"I've never seen this. It's never happened and might not happen for another 100 years. Who knows," said Jack Cook, who lives just around the corner from the Lee Road 246 area that's closed off.

Cook is hoping things don't stir up over the weekend to cause a mess, but ultimately he said it's up to the man above.

"I think God can do what he wants to," said Cook.

Emergency officials have reported no injuries since the rain and water mound up started on Wednesday, however,  Smith and her staff want to send a warning to those who might be behind the wheel over the next few days.

"If the roadway is covered in water, I don't care if you live on the other side of it, do not drive on it. Just don't do it," said Smith.

Stay with News Leader 9 throughout the weekend and into next week for constant weather updates throughout East Alabama and the Chattahoochee Valley.

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