Recorded rains cause flooding in Tennessee; 4 dead

Heavy rains across Tennessee flooded homes and roads, resulting in officials evacuating dozens of people from homes, houses and cars


Authorities say four bodies were found Sunday after the flood.

The flood emergency was announced overnight by the National Weather Service in Nashville city center, as well as in Brentwood, Franklin and Mt. Juliet.

"Great floods are occurring with many roads, central areas, and homes full of water saving progress!" the agency wrote on Twitter. "Please stay home and don't go!"

The Nashville Fire Department said it had rescued at least 130 people from cars, homes and homes, while about 40 dogs were evacuated from a Nashville residence, Camp Bow Wow, and relocated. In the south of Williamson County, 34 rapid water rescue operations were being carried out, regional EMA director Todd Horton said during a press conference. About 18 homes in one area had to be removed.

Part of Interstate 40 has been temporarily closed due to high water seizures of the vehicle and its driver. The driver managed to get out of the car and head to a safe place, the Twittersee Highway Patrol reported in Nashville on Twitter.

Metropolitan Nashville police said on Twitter that the body of a man whose car was drowned in the river was found on Sunday. In another incident, the body of a man was found on a golf course, and police said he was believed to have tried to get out of a car that went off the road and into a shed before being swept away by high water.

Police later said the bodies of a man and a woman were found in a wooded area near the homeless Nashville camp.

Nashville recorded 5.75 inches (14.6 inches) of rain on Saturday, weather officials said, setting a new record for the highest rainfall in the city in March. It was also the fourth day in the history of the city. It seems that some of the rain falls after midnight.

Ebony Northern said heavy rain began to fall in the middle of the night and the often soft river that flows into his Nashville apartment rose quickly. Within an hour or so, he could see parts of the first floor of some of the buildings flooded with water. He said people were evacuated to the second floor and heard the sound of boats entering the fire department's scanner.

"These units are dynamic. Some of the ventilation facilities are floating," he said on Sunday morning.

He said the Red Cross had come to help neighbors.

For at least one week they canceled personal services on Palm Sunday. New Tribe Church in Mt. Juliet said on Facebook the knee-high water filled the building, pulled out a glass for the entrance and posted chairs in the hallway.

"I smile but our hearts are broken," said Pastor Jarod Smith at the beginning of the online service. "We stand in our center of worship and there are not enough words to describe what we actually look like."

Most rivers and streams were at or near the level since 2010, according to meteorologists. A flooding event in May 2010 resulted in the deaths of 21 people in Tennessee and the estimated $ 1.5 billion in Nashville.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in two rivers. Weather forecasters predict that the Harpeth River near Kingston Springs, west of Nashville, could run about 6.1 meters above the floodplain on Sunday night, while the Duck River in Centerville would erupt about 5.2 meters above the floodplain on Monday morning.

Eight people and a dog stayed overnight at Brentwood City Hall after floods from Little Harpeth River forced residents to leave their homes, said City Manager Kirk Bednar. Hotels in the area have been booked, in part because of the spring break, he said.

Fifteen people were rescued and two were taken to a hospital in City View Apartments south of Nashville, where a small building was flooded with water up to his waist. The fire department has responded to reports of a building collapse following a landslide, news reports. The two patients in the hospital had injuries that could be considered life-threatening.

March has historically been the worst weather month in Tennessee. Last March, hurricanes killed more than 20 people and demolished more than 140 buildings in Middle Tennessee.