Severe Flooding in Middle Tennessee, 5 Dead, Nashville Highways Underwater … National Guard Called In for Help

 

Middle Tennessee is underwater and looks like a disaster zone after Saturday’s severe weather, torrential rain and tornado warnings. Vehicles were trapped on major interstate highways in Nashville, TN like I-40 which was closed. Sections of I-24 were closed as well.

Check out the VIDEO, it is unreal how high the water is … This is an interstate folks.


On Sunday, Dickson, Tenn. Emergency Management Agency said that Interstate 40 was shut down near mile marker 180(Dickson/Fairview exit). A tractor-trailer overturned, the trucker was trapped, but he was rescued.

Interstate 40 East near Tennessee State University was also closed due to flooding. At 8:30 a.m., more than 22,000 Nashville Electric Service customers were without power. Thirty streets or roads were closed in Davidson County Sunday morning.

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Check out all the pics from The Tennessean, have to see to believe.

From Memphis, TN to Nashville, TN … all is underwater. (VIDEO)

Numerous individuals that found themselves trapped in their cars on secondary roads.  Secondary roads are nearly impassable as any low lying area, area near a river or creek is impassable. Davidson County Road Closures, 9 AM.

The National Weather Service also said 33 of 75 counties in Arkansas are under a tornado warning, and 25 counties in Tennessee are under a tornado watch.

Two people were killed Saturday when floodwaters swept them away as they tried to seek safety on the roof of their SUV about 80 miles northwest of Nashville, Stewart County emergency management spokesman Clint Mathis said.

Three more people were reported dead in counties near Nashville, Tennessee Emergency Management spokesman Jeremy Heidt told CNN.

Between 6 and 10 inches of rain has fallen in 12 hours in the area, causing “extremely dangerous” flooding, the National Weather Service said.

UPDATE I: The Tennessee National Guard has been activated to help with the massive flooding.

Tennessee officials have activated National Guard units and requested Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives to assist in emergency response and assessment amid the state’s widespread flooding.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency had activated the 1176 Transport Company and 212th Engineering Company by 6 a.m. to provide high water vehicles and 79 guardsmen, said spokesman Jeremy Heidt. The units are stationed in Maury, Gibson and Rutherford counties, central locations to quickly reach areas in need of their assistance.

Current Weather Advisories from NOAA for Tennessee.

RED CROSS to the rescue.

Unreal, Check out the VIDEO of building floating in flood waters on I-24 smashing into tracker trailer.

More pics.

Go to Nashville TV stations for the most current news and closings.

Memphis, TN:

TDOT - Tennessee Department of Transportation.

UPDATE II: The rain continued Sunday and the water in many rivers continues to rise. Some  more updates from a blogger who lives in Montgomery County, Tenn., which borders Kentucky northwest of Nashville. More from QandO as well. Some reports have the areas outside of Nashville, TN have received 20 inches of rain.



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    2 Responses to “Severe Flooding in Middle Tennessee, 5 Dead, Nashville Highways Underwater … National Guard Called In for Help”

    1. Blue Moon on May 2nd, 2010 12:13 pm

      This is just surreal. NEVER has this area ever had this much flooding and rain. I have the local Nashville station on and it is water everywhere. Interstates 24, 40, and 65 are all flooded and closed at different locations. Unreal.

      Be safe everyone.

    2. Michelle on May 2nd, 2010 1:18 pm

      God Bless those families who have had to evacuate their homes. This is a lot of water and more storms expected for today.

      Terrible situation

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