Some Elba residents asked to voluntarily evacuate over flood risks

Concerns about flooding in Elba

ELBA, Ala. (WSFA) - Hurricane Sally’s heavy rains are prompting the mayor of Elba to ask some residents to voluntarily evacuate ahead of possible flooding.

Elba has a history of dealing with floods. Located in south Alabama’s Coffee County, it last saw historic flooding in 2015 that destroyed more than 180 homes.

This is what Elba looked like during historic floods in Dec. 2015. Now, five years later, the city is bracing for more flooding from Hurricane Sally.
This is what Elba looked like during historic floods in Dec. 2015. Now, five years later, the city is bracing for more flooding from Hurricane Sally.

Mayor Mickey Murdock said the latest information he’s been given indicates the Pea River will rise to roughly the same levels as it did five years ago.

Murdock said he’s now asking everyone who had to evacuate for that flood to voluntarily evacuate now, if they feel it’s necessary. He added that anyone who lived close to the flooded area in December 2015 to consider evacuating, as well.

“If you have problems in 2015, you should anticipate those problems now and take whatever measures you need to do now rather than waiting another night or so,” Murdock said. “I would say be safe and prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

Interview with Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock

Murdock stressed that, for now, any evacuations would be voluntary. He said the Pea River forecast could improve or worsen based on Hurricane Sally’s track.

The mayor said he expects an update from the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon.

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