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Lee Co. roads reopening after flooding

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LEE COUNTY, Ala. -

Heavy rains on Thursday morning forced Lee County officials to close a few roads.

Some of the roadways have been reopened but others still remain closed while officials check the structural integrity of the roads.

Creeks were overflowing and bridges were flooded in some parts of Lee County Thursday morning. This video comes from one of the Emergency management officials. He says one bridge on Lee Road 146 could be unstable.

 "The shoulder of the road had been compromised and they didn't want anybody traveling over it until they inspected it," said Lee County EMA Communications Planner Andrew Lee. "Two other locations were still under water. One location was probably about six inches covering the road way. The other location was probably a foot covering the road."

Most of the closures have been around the Beauregard area. Sheriff Jay Jones says the water even caused trouble for response units.

"One of our sheriff's deputies checking the road in the early morning hours, actually, his vehicle became inoperative as a result of water getting up," Sheriff Jones said.

There have been no reports of injuries or home damage. Officials are keeping an eye on water levels in lower lying areas.

The creek is on the other side of Lee Road 146. It spills out right here. The fortunate thing is that nobody lives within a quarter of a mile of this spot.

It would not take much rain to cause more flooding because the ground is so saturated. But, the Lee County EMA doesn't expect it.

 "I talked to the national weather service," said Johnny Langley, Lee County EMA Deputy Director. "They said over the next few days, there is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow. They say we may get a quarter of an inch every six hours. It will be nothing like the last 24 hours."

Highway officials will now need to examine bridges and roads as water levels drop.

Officials expect to open up one lane of Lee Road 146 on Friday morning.

The most populated roads in Lee County are open. The smaller roads that are closed should be reopened by the weekend.

See more on local flooding here: http://www.wrbl.com/story/23141310/photo-slideshow-record-rainfall-causes-flooding

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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