High water mark in Montgomery flood unveiled

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A marker was unveiled in downtown Montgomery Friday morning as a reminder of perils that can be posed by the Alabama River which meanders through the city.

The marker on the Montgomery Riverfront marks the "high water mark" caused by flooding of the river. The marker shows where the river crested at 58 feet, one inch on Feb. 26, 1961 following several days of heavy rain. That was 23 feet and one inch above the flood stage. The river stayed above flood stage for 17 days.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Stefkovich  participated in the ceremony.

Local historian Mary Ann Neely also provided information about the 1961 flood during Friday's ceremony.

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