Decatur braces for possible flooding

Areas west of I-65 are poised to see heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

Posted: May 28, 2018 11:28 PM
Updated: May 28, 2018 11:32 PM

The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency told WAAY 31 the thing people west of I-65 need to be worried about is flooding.

They said if your area is historically prone to flooding you need to be ready to evacuate if the water starts creeping up to your house.

Matthew Torain lives in north west Decatur.

He still is still picking up the pieces from the early April storm that destroyed the house he owned next to the one he lives in.

The rain coming with the storm on Tuesday doesn't worry him though, because in the 40 years he's lived in the area the creek behind his house historically hasn't flooded enough to threaten his home.

"I don't think it's going to flood enough to come up here," said Torain.

The Taylor family, who lives just a few blocks away from Torain, were one of the lucky ones in early April.

Their house only lost a shingle or two, but the aftermath of no electricity hit them hard.

"Last time we just got hit at the last minute and didn't know what was going on," said Baul Taylor.

His family is more prepared for this storm.

"We've got plenty of candles and I went and got propane. Got plenty of charcoal, because like I said, last time no electricity. We've got plenty of bottled water for just in case there's no water. We just on top of everything now," said Taylor.

Torain said worrying about what may, or may not, happen doesn't do any good.

"Whatever the lord got comin' for us it going to come anyway, so I aint going to worry about it," said Torain.

The Morgan County EMA said the history of flooding in your area will be the biggest indicator of what to expect this time around.

If your home is prone to flooding, they said to have a plan of where to go.

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