Flash Flooding, Water Rescues Taking Place in Nashville Area

Rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rains have resulted in flash flooding in mid-Tennessee early Thursday morning. There have been numerous evacuations taking place as well as many water rescues as an estimated seven inches of rain poured down during the overnight hours. Firefighters in Nashville had to wade in waist and chest-deep water to lead some residents to dry ground in an apartment complex along Ewing Creek. News team videos shot from the air showed some of those apartment dwellers sitting on upstairs balconies awaiting rescue.

The National Weather Service warning Thursday morning that the storm front that’s causing all the rain and flooding is going to stick around for the next few days. The Service said that as a result, there may be more flooding and flash flooding taking place as the ground is very saturated and rivers and streams are at their capacity. Morning commuters on Briley Parkway in Nashville found themselves with no road to travel on this morning as several feet of water was over the roadway. Some drivers did attempt to go through the water but got stuck and had to be rescued from their vehicles.

The National Weather Service has a flash flood warning in effect until 12pm for Davidson County and for portions of Wilson and Sumner counties. Already anywhere from four to seven inches of rain has fallen in the Madison area where numerous rescues were still taking place as of 10am local time. Nashville metro police reported early Thursday that numerous roadways around the city were completely impassable. People in the Nashville area are being told not to drive their vehicles into areas where water is on the road. This is because floodwater is typically deeper than it appears. They are also being reminded that just 12 inches of water is capable of sweeping vehicles away.

As the morning unfolded in the Nashville area, numerous reports of people being trapped by flash flooding were emerging. In some areas, entire vehicles in parking lots are almost totally submerged in dark, cold water. Water running down city streets not only swamped cars up to their windshields but also filled garages, crawl spaces and homes. Some Madison residents reported losing everything in their garages due to flooding and many said they’ve never seen flash flooding like what is taking place.

Updated: August 8, 2013 — 4:37 pm

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