TUSCALOOSA COUNTY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN WAKE OF HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING

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By WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Beasley

Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama as a whole are dealing with damage from storms, heavy rainfall and flooding over the past few weeks.

On Wednesday, Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency Director Nick Lolley visited the regular Tuscaloosa County Commission meeting to explain the goings-on throughout the county and suggest the commission declare a state of emergency.

“If we want to declare a county emergency, it’s time for us to do that,” Lolley said.

The commission agreed.

As the rain continues, so too do the damages, and Lolley said the cost so far is estimated at $2 million for public utilities like roads and bridges.

The county is applying for assistance from the state for the damage, but the assistance will not help residents with personal property damage.

Those with personal property damage as a result of the flooding should contact their insurance providers, Lolley said.

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