Pelham neighborhood deals with flash flooding

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Ivan Pacheco woke up around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning to water approaching his home.

By the time he left for work at 7:30, the water had risen even higher, covering many of the roads and nearly overtaking porches and cars.

“I decided to drive through the park. It wasn’t a good idea, but I was already inside the lake, so, I had to go through anyway,” Pacheco said.

Other residents in the subdivision weren’t able to get out as easily. The Pelham Fire Department said they did about twenty rescues in the neighborhood, having to use boats to get through the high water.

PFD said it was the worst flooding in the area in around twenty-five years.

Despite the large amount of water, many homes escaped major damage. The pressure of the water took down fences protecting some homes but the water didn’t do any structural damage.

Pacheco spent his Tuesday night fixing the minimal damage to his home.

“That’s pretty much all the damage so far. Thank God it wasn’t anything further.”

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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