BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Heavy rain throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning made for a messy situation for drivers in Baldwin County.
As the evening wore on, several cars decided to take refuge in gas stations to try and wait out the storm.
“The weather has lightened up, but the water hasn’t gone away. That’s the problem. It’s not the rain that’s keeping me away, it’s the water,” driver Kennith Pitts said.
Pitt’s told Fox10 News he ended at the gas station at the corner of Highway 59 and County Road 32 after the rain caused him to take a turn for the worse.
“I was on the phone with my wife telling her I’m slowing down and everything. And then I hung up with her and all of a sudden I just went right off a road into a ditch. And I called, apparently I did some damage to it cause it’s running hot now,” Pitts said.
Alabama State Trooper Chaplain Tony Dickey told Fox10 News that drivers need to be wary of fast moving water over the roadways, especially in wide-open rural areas. He said those waters can sweep motorists into ditches and potentially damage their cars.
The intense rain caused flooding all over the county, leading to dozens of road closures and deep puddles that made hydroplaning a real risk.
The Baldwin County Commission announced an emergency meeting set for Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. discussing the weather impact on the county. Fox10 News will let you know what they have to say.