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Flooding forces evacuation in Jefferson County

Tropical Storm Lee came ashore on the Gulf Coast, but it's people in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties who are dealing with the storm's aftermath, in the form of severe flash flooding.

Officials evacuated people in Hueytown and in Birmingham's West End because of quickly rising waters.

"It's supposed to do this for about three days, so it'll probably be about Thursday when I get ready to go back," said Jason Dennis, who was evacuated from his apartment complex.  " It's bad, I got somewhere to go, but what about the people who's house got flooded out."

In Tuscaloosa County, heavy rains closed off streets and flooded parking lots.

But in Montgomery, the rain was little more than a nuisance.

"The rain we've had has been decent," said Henry Lynn.  "It's a good soaking rain, at least at my house."

Lynn works outdoors, and has contracts in the Birmingham area over the next few days. 

"Looks like they got a bigger part of the storm than we did," Linn said.  "But hopefully, all the green will be north of me tomorrow."

The storm caused thousands of power outages across the state.  Officials have opened shelter in Jefferson County, and schools there are closed on Tuesday.

 

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