As Saturday brightened, the effects of a night of rain became clear
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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Cows near Jacksonville Saturday morning gaze upon the extra water on their land. (Anniston Star photo by Trent Penny)
Cows near Jacksonville Saturday morning gaze upon the extra water on their land. (Anniston Star photo by Trent Penny)
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Perhaps thinking of the flowers to come in spring, Mother Nature dumped an average of 2 inches of rain on Calhoun County Friday night and in the early morning darkness of Saturday, causing some minor flooding.

Wind and lightning accompanied the rain.

With about an inch of rain falling through Friday, the county total is about 3 inches for the first 11 days of the year, said Mark Rose, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Calera.

“Normally, we’re looking at probably about an inch and a half for the first 11 days,” Rose said.

The rain caused some minor flooding in Oxford, according to Oxford Fire Department Capt. Kyle Macoy. The department was called out to help a woman who had hydroplaned off of Alabama 21 around 6 a.m., he said. He also heard on the radio that Oxford police were placing high water cones in some areas, Macoy said.

In Jacksonville, where some fields and yards were waterlogged and pocked with puddles Saturday morning, the police and fire departments weren’t called out to deal with any flooding-related calls, said Kurt Turner, public safety communications officer.

One explanation was offered by Heather and Leslie Carter, who were enjoying lunch at Java Jolt in Jacksonville. They slept through the storm, they said.

“When I got up to let my dog out it had seeped into the ground,” said Leslie Carter. “But it was pretty obvious because it was really muddy.”

“It’s Saturday,” said her sister, adding that if it had been a Monday they would have been up earlier and might have seen the flooding.

They could have seen celestial fireworks, too, in pre-dawn hours.

“It was a pretty heavy lightning storm,” said Ike Pigott, spokesman for Alabama Power Company’s Birmingham division.

The storm had come early and ran its course fast. By 9:30 a.m. the rain was gone and the sun was pushing insistently through the departing clouds.

Patrick Phillips from Douglasville, Ga., who was eating lunch at Roma’s in Jacksonville said he saw evidence of the heavy rain on his drive, but it was off the road and didn’t pose any danger.

At about 10:30 a.m., Phillips was driving on Whites Gap Road.

“There are normal little drainage ditches that were flowing like big creeks,” he said.

Dorothy Pate of Saks, also at Roma’s, said she saw evidence of flooded creeks on her drive to Jacksonville, but the water had already receded.

The storm did take off the top of a dogwood tree in her yard, though.

“I guess the winds topped it,” Pate said.

Pigott said a little more than 500 customers in Saks lost power when two utility poles were broken just outside the substation in that community. One resident reported not getting power again until mid-afternoon. The nature of the damage, caused by wind, Pigott said, prevented the electricity from being rerouted.

Power loss was also reported in Dearmanville, he said.

The rain will probably return on Monday as another system moves through, Rose said. He thinks the wet weather pattern will continue at least through January, Rose added.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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