Middle Tennessee suffers worst flooding since 2010 disaster, 4 fatalities reported
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- A State of Emergency continued Monday in Metro Nashville after widespread flooding claimed four lives across the city on Saturday and Sunday.
Mayor John Cooper signed the declaration on Sunday in hopes of securing state and federal disaster assistance.
The Weather Service Office in Nashville told WMOT early Monday that Nashville received just over seven inches of rain. That’s the most the city’s seen in during a two-day period since the 2010 floods.
The Cumberland River was expected to crest Monday morning at 40 feet, 5 inches. That’s 5 inches above flood stage, so only minor flooding was expected downtown.
Nashville first responders had a busy couple of days. Some 130 rescues were conducted across Metro over the weekend. Mayor John Cooper notes 27 of those were swift water rescues.
The storm claimed at least four lives, including two men and a woman who died in flooding along Seven Mile Creek on the city’s south side. A third man’s body was found at Nashboro Village golf course. He apparently was swept into Hamilton Creek just south of Nashville International Airport.
Mayor Cooper noted during a Sunday press briefing that Glendale Elementary and Hillwood High had both been damaged by the flooding.
As of Monday morning, roughly 30 roads remain closed across Metro. Most were clustered in the Paragon Mills and Beech Bend areas.
Mayor Cooper told reporters Sunday the damage and deaths were kept to a minimum because of the valuable lessons the city learned as a result of the 2010 flooding that claimed more than 20 lives.
Metro Nashville residents who suffered flood damage over the weekend, or wind damage during last Thursday’s severe storms, should request assistance by calling 311 from anywhere within Davidson County.
FLOODING BEYOND METRO
The National Weather Service says Franklin received more than eight-and-a-half inches of rain. Murfreesboro received seven inches in less than 48 hours.
The Harpeth at Franklin crested 12 inches above flood stage Sunday. Considerable flooding has occurred there. The Duck River at Columbia also crested Sunday at seven feet above flood stage.
Williamson County reported 12 roads still closed as of Monday morning. That was down from 55 roads flooded at the peak of the storm. Thirty-four water rescues were conducted across the county. At least 20 homes were damaged by flooding.
Rutherford County says more than 60 roads there remain closed or partially closed as of Monday morning. That’s down from just over 100 roads flooded at the storm’s peak. Rutherford County first responders say they conducted about 30 water rescues.
Flooding inundated more than 20 roads in Wilson County, according to the County Sheriff’s Department. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says 50 businesses were flooded in downtown Lebanon. Wilson County public schools canceled all classes on Monday.