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April 8, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, April 8

It's Tuesday, and there's no time to dry out...

Weather: Here comes the rain again. Just as the metro area tries to deal with the last issues from Sunday and Monday's very heavy rain, another system moves in with showers and some thunderstorms, most of which will hit between 5 and 10 p.m. It will otherwise be cloudy with highs in the middle 60s. Tonight will be chilly with lows in the middle 40s. Skies will slowly clear on Wednesday with highs in the upper 60s and nighttime lows near 40.

Dam breach leads to council confrontation. The heavy rains led to the breach of a dam at one end of a detention pondbetween the Lexington Park and The Cottages developments off Fieldstown Road in Gardendale. According to city officials, the breach occurred because an overflow pipe meant to drain excess water into a spillway had become clogged, and the auxiliary pipe could not handle the volume of rainwater from the storm. The breach led to contentious talks between city inspectors and the homeowners' association, which spilled over into the Gardendale City Council's pre-meeting work session on Monday night. During a particularly testy exchange, Daniel Courington – who took office as the association president today (Tuesday) – openly accused city inspector Robert Ryant of lying, and was called down by council president Stan Hogeland.

That's a lot of rain. The National Weather Service has listed the total rain amounts from Sunday and Monday's storms, and a 3.51-inch amount four miles northeast of Pinson was the top amount recorded in the northern part of Jefferson County. Near Smoke Rise in Blount County, 3.22 inches was recorded. Those amount are considerably less than amount elsewhere in the metro Birmingham area, with 6.58 inches near Bessemer as the heaviest amount listed. The Pinson and Tarrant areas had the most issues with the storm in our area, with flooding closing Pinson Valley Parkway south of Carson Road on Monday morning, and floods also inundating a mobile home park in Pinson.

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