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Birmingham flooding issues continue, more storms expected in coming days

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Clean-up efforts are taking place in neighborhoods, streets and intersections around Birmingham as flood waters recede following today's intense thunderstorms, but a new batch of storms are set to hit in the coming days.

Tuesday became a very dangerous day for drivers as heavy downpours created traffic nightmares. From heavy rain on the interstate, to flooded roads.

"I was scared." Judy Shaw thought she could make it down Five Mile Road in Birmingham, but the water was just too high. "It came up quick and there were two policemen down there but they didn't stay that long, they just left."

Her car ended up getting towed. But like Shaw, other drivers faced some challenges.

Drivers had to maneuver through water on Valleydale Road and streets in Odenville were flooded because of rising water from a near-by creek.

Lucky Loyd says "'Avondale got 4 inches of rain. In 30 minutes, the whole town flooded." In Avondale.. a culvert under railroad tracks caused some major flooding. Some places are still recovering from Sunday storms. Many businesses had sandbags ready for more water.

City workers were in many places monitoring drainage systems. City leaders say they recognize this problem as well as other flooding issues throughout the city.

Birmingham Council member, Jay Roberson says "I know there's a need for us to address drainage and sewage issues throughout District 7 and that was one of the number one priorities I submitted to the Mayor's Office Administration and the citizens actually voted on during bond referendum a few months ago."

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