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Flooding destroys roads and leads to rescues in North Alabama

(image: WPMI) Flooding destroys roads and leads to rescues in North Alabama

Happening now now in Hale County, Alabama just south of Tuscaloosa, flash floods have completely washed out a road creating a gaping 30 foot hole and stranding people in their homes

New Year's eve rescuers used boats to carry 19 people to safety. Among them, five children. Four dogs were also rescued.

Hale County EMA director says the rescue mission was like anything he's seen in 29 years.

The area is now only accessible by boat and has also lost power.

Residents had two options evacuate or be self sufficient for two weeks.

Officials estimate 20 to 25 people decided to stay in their homes and wait for the road to be repaired.

All the evacuees are doing okay, but the road that is a different story.

One Hale County Commissioner says funding should not be an issue in getting the road fixed.

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