Residents recover from flooding, prepare for storms

AUTAUGA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Shovels and sandbags in hand, Autaugaville residents dug themselves out of the worst flooding in years.

"When we got up this morning and looked out the door, we couldn't even get out to the car.  I couldn't go to work this morning.  I had to call in because my car was surrounded with water," said Flora Sullen-Motley.

Flood waters flowed from nearby creeks and clogged ditches, drowning driveways and stranding residents in their own homes.

"We're in a rural area, so we have to be particular about snakes and everything else crawling into your house," Sullen-Motley explained.

A few miles away, along the outskirts of Prattville, New Jericho Missionary Baptist Church stood partially underwater.

A rising creek enveloped the building and nearby cemetery.

Volunteers did what they could--stacking sandbags to keep the water away--while church members drank it all in.

"It's better it's the water, instead of a fire," said parishioner Maddie Johnson

Even though high flood waters--for the most part--have started to recede, residents are worried a third round of storms could pack even more of a punch.

"I don't know how high the river's going to get down here.  Part of the trailers and things are in the flood plane in that area on the South side of town," said Autaugaville Mayor F.B. Ward.

"We're hoping [Saturday] will be better, but we're all in God's hands and we can't control the water.  If it flows, it flows, and we can't stop it," Sullen-Motley said.

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