South AL braces weekend deluge from gulf storm

South AL braces weekend deluge from gulf storm
The hole in the embankment is still visible.
Construction workers are keeping their fingers crossed. (Source: 12 News)
Construction workers are keeping their fingers crossed. (Source: 12 News)

ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - On Wednesday a thunderstorm punched a hole in the embankment and created a small mudslide behind Andalusia High School where construction crews are renovating the old stadium.

They've put up wooden barriers to prevent a repeat, but no one really knows what more damage four inches of rain might do this weekend, assuming it's only four inches and not more. Erecting the wooden barriers put stadium construction workers behind about a day.

What we do know is EMA directors like Susan Harris will be glued to the weather monitors, watching, waiting and hoping the rivers don't rise too much and no reports of tornados, but if this becomes the perfect storm, Harris has the perfect plan to respond.

"We're right on the line. We want to make sure that all first responders are prepared and they have the resources to respond," Harris said.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks has ordered his fleet to be gassed up and put his team on alert.

"Don't get out in the rain and if slacks up don't get out and trying to see if water is across the road," Meeks cautioned residents.

A similar strategy has been plotted out in Andalusia.

'"About 90 to 100 miles is the Gulf of Mexico," said city Treasurer John Thompson. "We have equipment, chainsaws and roadblocks if necessary. We're ready."

Harris, Meeks, and Thompson are keeping their fingers crossed as well as those trying to prevent mudslides at the stadium.

Prepared or not, the rain is coming. The only questions are how much and how fast will it fall.

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