Pickens County Flooding

Reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Erin McNally
Written by WVUA 23 Digital Reporter David Williams III

Days of rain and violent storms over the weekend caused tremendous property damage in the Rivermont subdivision and it’s not over yet.

The floodwaters affecting the subdivision are coming from the Tombigbee River at Bevill Lock and Dam and water levels are expected to continue rising. Garry Farley lives in the Rivermont subdivision and while he has not suffered any damages, he feels for his neighbors.

“Well, you always feel bad when your neighbors get hurt,” Farley said. “That’s part of being a Christian, being concerned about your neighbors. So yeah, and several folks down the street are good friends of mine. So it’s a, you know, it’s a concern.”

The floodwaters have made the road that members of the Rivermont community take to get home only accessible by boat.

“Well, you can look at my boat shed out there,” Rivermont resident Danny Hickman said. “It’s in the backyard. It’s probably five-foot high. Five to six-foot high in the backyard. I’m standing on the road right here and this is probably three, two-and-a-half, three-foot.”

The National Weather Service suggests that those experiencing major flooding should avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Six inches of moving water can knock an individual down and two feet of water can sweep a vehicle away.

While not everyone in the subdivision has been affected, they’re ready to help with cleanup when the time comes.

“I know there’s gonna be a lot of casseroles and a lot of mudding and that kind of thing in the days to come,” Farley said.

Pickens County residents are urged to continue using caution until the water crests.

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