- Central Tennessee was hit by major flooding overnight.
- Houses and roads were flooded.
- Numerous aquatic rescues have been reported.
At least two people died and more than 150 people had to be rescued as heavy rains flooded Tennessee overnight and caused extensive flooding of homes and roads, including in the southern Nashville area. .
The Metro Nashville Police Department said an urban search and rescue team recovered the body of a man Sunday morning of a Honda sedan submerged in flooding from a creek next to a Walmart in Harding Place and Nolensville Pike.
Shortly after this announcement, the police department tweeted that a second suspected flood victim was found dead on the Nashboro Village golf course. He is believed to have been swept away by high water after getting off a car that ran off the road into a culvert.
The Nashville Fire Department said in a press release that crews saved at least 130 people from vehicles, homes and apartments. They always answered calls at 7:30 am.
At least 34 people had to be rescued in Williamson County, according to emergency management officials. More than 50 roads were closed and eight houses were struck by lightning.
One of the rescued was Christopher Rand, a resident of the Nashville suburb of Brentwood. His wife woke him up as the water rose. They were able to move some of their belongings and cars out of the reach of the floods, but not themselves.
“We were finally stuck in our house and a speed boat came to help us out,” Rand told The Weather Channel on Sunday morning. “We are very grateful for that. We have a young daughter. It was a difficult experience but we are all together. ”
Part of Interstate 40 was temporarily closed due to flooding that stranded a vehicle and its driver. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and get to safety, tweeted the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Nashville.
Doppler radar estimated that parts of middle Tennessee picked up more than 9 inches of rain in the deluge, according to the National Weather Service.
Eight people and a dog spent the night at Brentwood Town Hall after flooding on the Little Harpeth River forced them out of their homes, City Manager Kirk Bednar said, according to the Associated Press. Bednar said hotels in the area have been booked, in part due to spring break.
In City View Apartments in south Nashville, 15 people were rescued and two were taken to hospital after waist-deep water flooded the lower level of the building. The injuries were not considered life threatening.
Michael Harvell used a hammer to knock down the door to the flooded apartment where his family was staying, WZTV reported.
“They were standing on the furniture,” Harvell said. “I had to break down the door to get them out.”
The flooding came from the same system of storms that also spawned 15 reports of tornadoes in the south late Saturday. Tornadoes have been reported in parts of eastern Texas, eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, and western Tennessee.
This is the last wave of severe weather to hit the South after 49 tornadoes were confirmed in 10 states from March 16 to 18.
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