Devastating Flooding Forces Rescues, Destroys Roads in Florida and Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Rescuers spent hours Wednesday pulling people from rooftops in Pensacola after nearly two feet of rain brought flooding to the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coast.

High water from torrential rains sweeps away a vehicle in the Cordova Park area of Pensacola, Fla., Photo Credit: Tony Giberson, Pensacola News Journal

Rescuers spent hours Wednesday pulling people from rooftops in Pensacola after nearly two feet of rain brought flooding to the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coast.

Gov. Scott says officials had received about 300 calls for rescues.

Cars were submerged and entire neighborhoods were inundated, making it difficult to rescue people who called for help. Roads in the Panhandle have been chewed up into pieces or wiped out entirely. Boats and Humvees have been making their way through the flooded streets to assist in the rescues.

About 22 inches of rain had fallen by midmorning in Pensacola.

Over the past four days, storms hit especially hard, including deadly tornadoes in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.


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