Historic Flash Flood on Alabama Coast



A historic rainfall event developed ahead of a slow moving cold front on Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014 over portions of coastal Alabama.

The widespread flooding produced sinkholes (some very large and deep), cut roads in half and necessitated human water rescues (one confirmed fatality). Parts of I-10 were closed.

The Fish River at Silver Hill (Baldwin County Alabama) peaked at a record high level of 23.18 feet (previous historical record was 22.78 feet on 20 July 1997). Many folks throughout the area have compared this event to the extreme flooding impacts caused by Hurricane Danny (1997).

Some 3-8 inches of rain occurred in association with the first event ending 7 AM CDT Tue., 30 April. The second and more significant event occurred during the evening hours of 29 April over Mobile and Baldwin counties of Alabama and the western most three counties of the NW FL Panhandle. In the latter, some 10-15 inches fell in a very short time period (estimated 9 hours preliminarily) and caused disastrous flooding throughout southern Baldwin County of Alabama.

The official NWS reporting site at Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) received some record rainfall amounts Tuesday. MOB saw 11.24″ during the calendar day. This is their 3rd greatest calendar day total on record. Data here goes back to 1871.

Mobile NWS