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Heavy rains causing flooding problems in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Heavy rains are causing flooding problems in parts of Alabama.

Forecasters have issued flood watches and warnings for western and northern Alabama, and the National Weather Service says an additional 2 inches of rain could fall in spots by Friday morning.

A food pantry in Cullman had to shut down after water seeped into the building. A road collapsed in Hale County after being undercut by floodwaters, forcing the evacuation of about 20 people.

The weather service says flooding is occurring in mostly rural areas around the Black Warrior, Tombigbee and Sucarnoochee rivers in western Alabama.

The Tennessee River at Florence is near flood levels last seen nine years ago in northwestern Alabama.

Some areas have had more than 6 inches of rain in the last week.

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