Rounds of thunderstorms and very heavy rain showers have caused flooding and flash flooding in mid-Tennessee, prompting several evacuations and water rescues. The early Thursday morning floods in the Nashville area and eastward have not caused any injuries or deaths so far although there were many close calls. More than 900 customers were without power Thursday morning, according to the Nashville Electric Service with most of those outages being north of I-40.
The bad weather has canceled several flights coming into and out of Nashville International Airport. While the rain tapered off a bit by 9am in the Nashville area, forecasters are warning residents not to take their guard down because flooding can still take place and especially along rivers and in low-lying and flood-prone areas.
In Davidson County, rescue crews continue to slog through more than one hundred calls for assistance. The city Fire Department in Nashville is teaming up with the Office of Emergency Management to rescue people who are stranded by deep flood water. Most of those rescues are taking place in the Madison, Bordeaux and Opryland areas and most are centered around people who are stuck inside their homes and vehicles.
The bad news coming out of the National Weather Service is that people living in middle Tennessee can expect more rain as the large storm front that’s responsible for all the rain is going to linger for a few days. In the area of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, traffic came to a screeching halt early Thursday morning due to high flood water on Briley Parkway. Some drivers attempted to drive into the deep water and subsequently had to be rescued by boat.
There were also water rescues taking place in Hendersonville after flash flooding swamped homes there early this morning. Some residents in Hendersonville reported waking up at around 6am to find water seeping into their homes and doors of their vehicles. Some homeowners on Walton Trace said that everything inside their garages was floating and that they’ve never seen a flash flood like what took place there. Emergency workers in Hendersonville and Sumner County were extremely busy rescuing people by boat. The Hendersonville Fire Department urged people not to call the police emergency number for non-emergency reasons.
Portions of southern Sumner County are under flash flood warnings until noon as three to seven inches of rain has already come down and more is falling. People there are being urged not to drive or walk through floodwater as doing so is extremely dangerous. They’re also being reminded that fast moving floodwater can sweep people off their feet and carry vehicles away in the blink of an eye.
The cleanup teams from Tennessee restoration pros are working throughout the region to assist property owners, call 800-692-7440 for emergency service.