October 10, 2021
PELHAM, Alabama --- The City of Pelham experienced a flood event of historic proportions Wednesday evening, October 6, 2021, and into the early morning hours Thursday, October 7, 2021. After the immediate threat to life safety ended, the city’s leadership and staff have worked nonstop to assess damage in all areas for which the city is responsible.
At the same time, our partners at the Shelby County EMA have been carrying out their mission of assessing flood damage at homes and businesses. If you have flood damage at your home or business, please email email@example.com. This is imperative because the local EMA will take their assessment to the state EMA to see if Pelham meets the criteria for a disaster declaration. Such a declaration can only be made by the Governor. We expect to have a very preliminary damage assessment report from the EMA on Monday.
Governor Kay Ivey called Mayor Gary Waters in the immediate aftermath of the flood event. She is very much aware of the unprecedented amount of rainfall we received. According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, between 10”-13” inches of rain fell in a very localized area of Pelham in just six hours. If you take into account the several inches of rain we received late Monday and Tuesday, Pelham experienced rainfall totals of approximately 20 inches in a 32 hour period.
The Mayor has visited all of the areas impacted by the flood each day since Thursday. City staff have been assessing damage to streets, and immediate repairs are planned.
Beginning Monday, weekly brush pick-up will be suspended, so our crews can focus on picking up debris from flooded areas. If you were impacted, please make sure items are at the road for removal. Heavy trash pickup for areas west of I65 are still planned for next weekend, October 16th-17th.
If you have unmet needs and need assistance with recovery, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or the United Way of Central Alabama by dialing 2-1-1.