High Waters Begin To Flood Areas In Wetumpka And Montgomery
From Montgomery -- over-flowing rivers in our area are getting higher by the minute. The waters are now reaching land and Alabama Power officials say they're doing everything they can to keep it under control.
The Coosa River on Wetumpka's Riverfront is about 38 ft. deep now -- that's 10 ft. higher than usual. It's a problem caused by all the excess rain Alabama has had. It's why Alabama Power has had to open the flood gates at Jordan Dam.
This is exclusive video from on top of Jordan Dam in Wetumpka. Just hours ago, all of its flood gates were open by Alabama Power. While some have closed, still, the roaring water is making its way onto land.
The high waters have even submurged the public access fishing pier near the dam -- it is temporarily closed.
Just down the Coosa River is Wetumpka's riverfront. Orange cones now block its entryways. Barbara Olds walks the trail everyday there and says seeing water flooding the benches, sidewalks and grass was a shock...
Montgomery's riverfront was also submurged in about 36 ft. of water. It usually sits about 20 ft. deep.
Now, the floods have closed both riverfronts. Gold Star Park and its boats ramps along Wetumpka's riverfront will be closed until at least Thursday.
Alabama Power says the dam will likely stay open through the weekend, although they haven't set an exact date. They're asking people to take caution in low-lying areas.