Flooding Forecast: City of Huntsville crews prepare for hazardous weather potential
February 18, 2019
The Huntsville Office of the National Weather Service is forecasting between 6 and 8 inches of rain accumulation in Huntsville and North Alabama through Sunday, February 24. Flooding of local waterways, including the Tennessee River, is possible.
In preparation for this potentially hazardous weather, the City of Huntsville is reminding residents of the following:
- Remove debris from gutters. Take a look at your neighborhood curbs, gutters and inlets. If they are blocked and you are able, clear any debris that might be blocking the natural flow of water. If you need the City of Huntsville’s assistance in removing these blockages, submit the request via Huntsville Connect, the City’s service request app, or call Public Works at (256) 883-3944. If calling outside of normal business hours, call the Huntsville Police Department’s nonemergency number (256) 722 – 7100.
- Exercise patience and caution on the roads. Obey the speed limit and drive with caution. Plan ahead and allocate additional time to travel to and from work. If you see standing flood water, do not drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Prepare for additional delays in garbage pickup. The City of Huntsville is currently operating on a one-day delay pick up schedule due to City offices being closed on February 18 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. As City crews prepare for and respond to localized flooding, it’s possible garbage pick up could be delayed further. Check the City of Huntsville website for schedule updates.
Should road conditions and City services become impacted by weather, the City will notify media and post updates on the City’s website and Twitter.
For the most updated weather forecast, follow the National Weather Service – Huntsville and the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency.