- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency amid widespread flash flooding that follows several days of intense weather throughout the state.

Bentley’s order allows state agencies to easily dispatch resources to help local agencies that cannot adequately respond to the situation.

As part of the order, state and local officials will assess damages as they consider seeking federal disaster aid.

And the order also sets the stage to waive federal shift-limits on commercial drivers who are delivering essential goods to affected area.

Rain continued Friday across much of central and north Alabama. The weather had calmed across much of south Alabama, with residents left to monitor water levels of rivers and streams as they swell with runoff.

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