Vehicles flooded as storms dump half a foot of rain along the beaches of Baldwin Co.
.GULF SHORES, Alabama (WKRG) – Take a half foot of rain, add high tide, and you’ve got a recipe for high water in places you might not expect.
“It used to be bad, but it never lasted that long,” for tourists at Edgewater West condos on West Beach. A knock on the door came with a warning, Deanna James said. “You might want to move your car, there’s water in front of the doors and I was like ‘Oh my God!’ “
His next move is a mad race to save his SUV from the rising waters. “What I did was put my vehicle in neutral and my boys pushed it to the road so I didn’t have to throw it.”
Derrick Earwood started his Honda Civic. “There were a lot of buzzers and lights that shouldn’t go out. Much of the electronics in the system begins to flash and flicker and make noises that it usually doesn’t.
The rain was falling fast and the streets flooded hard, making daily chores a challenge. At Orange Beach, the city even offers sandbags, just in case. “After Sally, we had nearly three feet of water in our house, we had to remove the drywall and insulation and we just got a roof. Call me paranoid, I don’t want to take the risk.
By mid-afternoon the rain had stopped and the slow drying process had started. It’s not your typical week at the beach, but a Deanna James won’t soon forget. “We create memories, it’s a vacation we will always remember,” she laughs.