Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced he has issued a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties for flooding as a result of the excessive rain that has fallen over the past couple of days and continues to fall.

“Many parts of Alabama have experienced excessive rainfall and flooding is a major concern,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “By issuing a State of Emergency, I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated flooding across Alabama. We will actively monitor the flooding, and are prepared to respond to any requests for assistance.”

Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) personnel are in contact with the impacted counties and will be assessing the damage over the next several days. Roads and bridges in many places have washed out and are impassible. Motorists are advised to stop and turn around if they encounter flooded roads. It is dangerous to drive through flood waters.

AEMA encourages residents to continue to monitor rains and be prepared to take action from fast rising water in flood prone areas. We will work with local officials to make sure the needs of our citizens are being met and assess the affected areas for damage,” Alabama EMA Director Art Faulkner said.