Tom Schurrer paddled his way around his front yard in a canoe with his nephew and dog Thursday afternoon. Schurrer lives off Highway 181 in Fairhope, and hasn't seen such extensive flooding since Hurricane Fredrick in 1979. "I was coming in from work. That part of it scared me a little bit with the roads covered up with water", said Schurrer.
What appeared to be raging river waters rushed dangerously close to another man's Fairhope home. All Zach Edmiston could do was helplessly watch. "I'm kinda worried the structure might not hold up", said Edmiston.
Crews closed many roads along County Road 32, so many roads underwater, emergency officials asked people to put off travel. "I come across about six different sections underwater, about hydroplaned. It's pretty rough out there today", said Joey Salter of Marlow.
Others detoured for a safer route. At least one life was saved today. A photograph shows an animal control officer rescuing a dog whose kennel was being overtaken by floodwaters.