Oxford deluged by flooding; more storms possible

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OXFORD, Ala. (AP) — Authorities were cleaning up in Oxford's downtown business district after flash flooding submerged shops and cars after a Wednesday afternoon thunderstorm.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/13kv4ec) that the flooding trapped motorists along Alabama 21 and U.S. 78.

Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sparks said at least two people had to be rescued from their vehicles after driving into water.

Sparks said several buildings downtown suffered severe water damage. Firefighters worked to shut off electric power in the area, and emergency vehicles and road blocks kept travelers off the roads with the most water.

The cleanup is under way as Alabama prepares for the possibility of more storms. The National Weather Service says that severe storms are possible in the state late Thursday night through Friday morning.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/



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