ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – Hazardous roads and county-wide damage has caused the Baldwin County Commission to declare a state of emergency. An emergency meeting was held at the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency Wednesday morning to make the declaration.
Officials told FOX10 News that they are in the process of assessing the damage today and urge everyone to stay off the roads today while they work. Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said shoulder erosion is a particular concern right now.
Baldwin Emergency Management Agency Director, Mitchell Sims, “We are advising residents to stay off the roadways as our first responders continue to rescue stranded individuals, especially along Fish River. Once it is safe, our teams will begin a preliminary damage assessment that will evaluate the conditions of our infrastructure. In the meantime, it is imperative that individuals stay off the roads.”
Dozens of people around south Baldwin County had to be rescued because of flooding issues. The Sheriff’s Office said they had to make 28 rescues.
Officials said Wednesday that all facilities are closed. A shelter is being opened at the Baldwin County Coliseum, and will be open until it is no longer needed. Officials said garbage picked up by Baldwin Co. Solid Waste on Wednesday will be picked up on Friday.
Finally the EMA said that if you have road conditions to report, to call 251-947-6807.