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Birmingham’s CSX viaduct on 6th Avenue South and the viaduct at Messer Airport Highway (32nd Street) will close after this evening’s rush hour due to potential flash flooding and heavy rains as Hurricane Zeta approaches the coast.
Birmingham is a part of the area placed under Flash Flood and Tropical Storm Watch notices.
“The closures are to provide safeguards to motorists and city employees due to the potential for flooding during heavy rains,” according to press release from the city this afternoon. “The city will provide an update when these two locations will reopen, based on weather conditions.”
The CSX viaduct on 6th Avenue South is under construction for $2.4 million worth of new construction to mitigate potential flooding.
Hurricane Zeta is forecast to hit Birmingham later tonight, with potential winds of 20 mph to 40 mph and wind gusts near 50 mph. According the press release, rain fall for Birmingham could be 1.5 to 2 inches within a short period of time.
“The current timeline is for the high wind and rains to pass through the area in the overnight hours,” the press release said.
Department of Public Works employees are continuing to clean storm drains and debris from ditches throughout the city, and DPW will dispatch crews of workers to clear flooding prone areas during periods of heavy rain, according to the press release.
DPW workers clearing storm drains.
The city said residents and businesses should secure outdoor furniture and other objects, not to drive during peak hours of the storm this evening, not to drive into flooded roadways and to avoid downed power lines.
To report flooding or downed trees or limbs, residents should call 311 for assistance.
Text the keyword BHMINFO to 888-777 to receive important updates and information from the City of Birmingham.
Edited by Hannah Warren & Ryan Michaels