Authorities Identify Man Killed in Saturday Flash Flooding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Authorities have released the name of a man killed by flash flooding in Tuscaloosa Saturday.
Tuscaloosa Police Department Public Information Officer Stephanie Taylor said 40-year-old Kelvin Watford died when his SUV was trapped by rising flood waters in a drainage ditch near Greensboro Avenue.
Taylor said Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service firefighters were preparing to resume the search for Watford around 7:45 a.m. Sunday when a family friend assisting with the search located him in a wooded area just west of Interstate 359.
"This is about a quarter mile downstream from where Watford’s SUV was found Sunday wedged under a bridge that crosses a drainage ditch on Greensboro Avenue. Officers and firefighters are currently at the scene assisting in the recovery," Taylor said.
Officers were called to Bonita Terrace at 2:11 p.m. Saturday after Watford’s maroon Ford Explorer was swept into the drainage ditch that runs west alongside 14th Avenue.
"A witness told officers that he saw the vehicle became stuck in the drainage tunnel, and that he saw the lone occupant of the vehicle disappear underwater and not resurface," Taylor said.
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