- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The northwest Alabama town of Russellville has declared a state of emergency after flooding caused damage in the city.

The City Council says the declaration will remain in effect until their next meeting on Monday.

More than 4 inches of rain fell in the Franklin County town in a three-hour period on Wednesday, overwhelming storm sewers.

Floodwaters submerged cars in store parking lots and some roads were covered. County engineers describe the flood as an event that happens only once every 100 years.

Crews have been out clearing away debris, and city officials say they need time to assess damage to streets and other parts of the municipal infrastructure including a ballpark.

The city has about 9,800 residents.

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