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Area under flood warning; some roads unsafe for travel

Photo by Luke Horton / A woman crosses Whitworth Avenue during heavy rainfall Friday morning.

Photo by Luke Horton / A woman crosses Whitworth Avenue during heavy rainfall Friday morning.

Lincoln County saw 4.5 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, and Lincoln County Emergency Management Coordinator Clifford Galey said the area can expect another two or three inches before Sunday.

Lincoln County — and several surrounding counties — remained under a flash flood warning until 1 p.m. today.

Galey said there was enough rain to cause low-lying roads throughout the county to flood.

He said driving on those roads would be dangerous.

“You can’t tell how much water’s there, and you don’t know if there’s anything worse underneath it,” Galey said. “The safest thing is do not go through it. Turn around and go another way. If you see water in the road, slow down, turn around and don’t drown.”

In Lawrence County, the sheriff’s office said the following roads were unsafe for travel today:
• Excel Boyd Road in Jayess• River Road in Arm
• Hammond Road in Jayess

• Hoover Hammond Road in Jayess
• Frog Ridge Road in Jayess
• James Carr Road in Monticello
• Duckworth Road in Sontag
• Cooper Creek Bridge in Monticello
• Malcolm Road in Sontag
• Rutland Road in Jayess

The Pearl River near Monticello is expected to crest at 28.5 feet by Monday morning. Flood stage is 22 feet. At 28.5 feet, Atwood Water Park is completely under water.