- Jesus Gerardo Nunez woke up this morning at his home in the Southgate mobilehome park where he has lived for 14 years to a sight he had never seen.
Overnight rain caused raging waters in a nearby creekfeeding the Cahaba River to make areas 3 or 4 feetdeep near his home while covering yards and parking areas. "I have not seen it before likethis," said Nunez, who lives at the home with his wife, Mercedes Hernandez.
"It's a little bit scary," Nunez said, concerned abouthis wife who uses a wheelchair. "If the water gets a little bit more today, we'llget out of here."
Residents in several dozen mobile home units in theSouthgate and Belle Vista communities, as well as townhomes and residences inother Pelham neighborhoods including the Chandalar subdivision are dealing withrising flood waters that have made some roads impassable and damaged houses.
Steve Pustaver of Calera at about 9 a.m., along with ahalf-dozen others, stood along Chandalar Drive worried about his pregnant daughter andher family trapped in their home in the Chandalar subdivision a couple hundredyards away.
"They're stuck on the second floor," Pustaver said about thefamily that includes his 7-month pregnant daughter, Mallory, her 3-year-oldchild and her husband. "Their house is 3 feet under water. Her car isunder water."
The water level on the road leading the neighborhood washigh enough to cover a Pelham police Humvee's tires as it passed through thearea. A Pelham fire engine took another equally flooded road to try to get tothe area.
"There's about 100 or so townhouses over there and Iguarantee all of them are underwater, Pustaver said. "She's obviously panicking. ...
"Thank God they've got insurance. What a mess," he said.
Miguel Diaz and his daughter Jazmin, 14, watched thefloodwaters surround mobile homes in their Southgate neighborhood this morning. "If it getshigh enough, we'll probably get out," Jazmin said, translating Spanish spokenby her father.
"We're pretty scared. Some of us already left," she said."I'm scared."
Jazmin said the water has gotten higher since thismorning when she initially saw the flooding. "I started freaking out," shesaid.
Cars sat in waist-deep water in some areas. Many roadsappeared too deep for trucks to traverse them. In other areas, bags ofgarbage floated past homes where the creek is usually dozens of yards away.
Chris Hernandez lives in the Southgate community buttraveled to the nearby Belle Vista Mobile Home Park to check on people heknows. "This is the first time we've seen this happen," he said, noting he'slived in the area since 1997.
"It's crazy. Everybody, they woke up and saw everything.They were surprised," Hernandez said.
Fernando Maldonado, 12, stood next to his mother LeticiaMaldonado as the water came to the skirting around the base of their trailerhome.
"This is weird. It's big," Fernando said. When asked ifhe was scared, he replied, "A little."
Elsewhere in Shelby County, flooding has resulted in evacuationof some homes.
Sheriff's deputies around 3 this morning began evacuatingresidents of King's Mobile Home Park in the Cahaba Valley Road area due to flashflooding. Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the area is serving as a temporaryshelter for families that have been displaced.
Also in Shelby County, the American Red Cross hasopened a shelter at the Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 3396 HelenaRoad in Helena. Helena Mayor Mark Hall in an e-mail this morning said Quail Ridge Road has washed out and repairs are happening while crews are checking other reports of damage.
Alabaster has had several streets affected by flooding. Montevallo's Orr Park had flooded, as well as its Shoal Creek property off Highway 119. Calera Police Chief Sean Lemley this morning reported no problems from flooding.
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