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Eleven dead as record flooding engulfs Tennessee - http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/0...ing/index.html
(CNN) -- Flooding from two days of heavy rain in Tennessee is thought to be responsible for at least 11 deaths there, the Nashville and state emergency management offices said Sunday.
The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management in Nashville announced Sunday night that it had confirmed five fatalities in Davidson County -- which encompasses Nashville -- thought to be flood-related.
Earlier Sunday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said it had confirmed seven flood-related fatalities throughout the state, including -- at the time of that announcement -- one in Davidson County.
Up to 20 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the state since Saturday and more was expected Sunday.
The rains have washed out major roads, caused evacuations, and prompted dam failures. In Nashville, Tennessee, alone, more than 600 people were rescued from the water this weekend, Mayor Karl Dean said at a press conference Sunday afternoon.
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"All of our major creeks and the Cumberland River are near flood level, if not at flood level," Dean said, referring to the waterway that bisects Nashville. "The ground is entirely saturated, and the rain continues to fall. There's nowhere for the water to go."
The western two thirds of Tennessee has seen between 6 and 20 inches of rain since Saturday, with flooding spreading to Kentucky on Sunday.
Dean said Sunday that more rain has fallen in Nashville in the last 24 hours than has ever been recorded in the city.
"We are still at this point in rescue stage and will be until the water begins to subside," he said.
Dean urged residents to stay home Sunday and, if they could, to skip work on Monday, when Nashville schools will be closed.
The floods shut down parts of several interstates around Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, including interstates 24, 40 and 65.
An emergency shelter set up at Nashville's Lipscomb University was at capacity with approximately 200 people, Dean said Sunday. The Red Cross reported approximately 400 people in 22 shelters throughout Tennessee.
The floods left 36,000 houses around Nashville without power on Sunday and led to the evacuation of three area nursing homes, affecting over 250 patients, Dean said.
While some streams around Nashville were starting to recede on Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was planning to release dammed upstream water Sunday night, which could cause more flooding around Nashville, city emergency management chief Stephen Halford said.
The water needed to be released to keep the Army Corps equipment safe, Halford said.
The National Weather Service issued a civil emergency message Sunday to central and western Tennessee, telling people to stay off roads because too many are closed and people are getting stranded.
The National Weather Service also issued a flood emergency Sunday for much of central Kentucky -- where tens of thousands were trying to get home after this weekend's Kentucky Derby -- and in south central Indiana.
In Louisville, Kentucky, the National Turnpike and Gene Snyder Freeway were closed on Sunday.
In addition to flooding fatalities, one Tennessean died over the weekend in a tornado in Hardeman County, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said Sunday.
Pretty sunny morning today but Nashville in a huge mess still. I can't get to work I-40 west of Nashville still closed in both directions.
Big mess- I am so sorry for these people that have been flooded in their homes. The Harpeth River near us is overflowing and I was amazed at what I saw.
I tell you that seeing this and all that is going around the world (earthquakes, volcanoes, economic woes)- The Lord has got this world shaking.
I live in Southwest TN (right next to the TN River), and the flooding here was terrible yesterday. All the churches in the area cancelled services because all the roads coming into town were flooded. There are several businesses here that were under several feet of water. One auto parts store had water up to the top of its loading dock...six feet off the ground. Sinkholes are developing everywhere, and schools have already been cancelled for today and tomorrow at least.
Thankfully, our house sits on the top of a hill, so the water didn't have a place to pool, but several shingles were pulled loose during a tornado warning yesterday morning, and water started coming into our bathroom beside the vent pipe (flashing looks to have been bent up).
For the most part, East Tennessee escaped again.
Flooding hits Tennessee, nearby states - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUST...e=domesticNews
(Reuters) - A weekend deluge pushed rivers and creeks out of their banks across Tennessee and neighboring U.S. states on Monday, leaving at least 15 people dead and forcing thousands to evacuate homes and hotels.
The overflowing Cumberland River that courses through Nashville shut down bars and clubs, forced 1,500 guests out of the Opryland hotel and closed schools and businesses.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean urged residents to conserve water because one of the city's treatment plants had to be shut down after more than a foot of rain fell.
"There are lots of flooded streets and highways, and road damage," across central and western Tennessee, said Missy Marshall of Tennessee Emergency Management.
Eight people died in Tennessee, including one in a tornado. Two died in Kentucky and five in neighboring Mississippi, state officials said.
Some victims were found in submerged vehicles or inundated homes, while others were swept away in flooding that officials said was the worst in the area in decades.
Hundreds of residents had to be rescued, many by boat.
Several state buildings in Nashville were closed, and weakened or leaking levees led authorities to evacuate some neighborhoods.
Farther south, the fast-rising Loosahatchie River spilled out of its banks and led to evacuations in Waverly Farms, Tennessee, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal on its website.
Millington, Tennessee, was also hard hit, with 500 evacuated from two housing subdivisions, a trailer park and a nearby U.S. Navy base.
Mississippi was hit by violent spring weather for the second weekend in a row after 10 died in a powerful tornado that tore through Yazoo City.
Meanwhile, state officials made coastline preparations for oil from the Gulf spill.
"That's three disasters," said emergency management spokeswoman Nikki Presley.
The Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville's country music landmark, has flooded - AP
Death toll in Tennessee flooding raised by 4, to latest toll of 16 - AP
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Looked downtown Nashville today from the highway- it was a sad sight. Many businesses were covered with water.
Opryland Hotel is closed two weeks to maybe a few months- that is many jobs lost and loss of money for this hotel. Tourism will be hurt some.
I just don't know how folks are suppose to keep rebuilding, starting over, rebuilding, starting over. With no jobs and money already tight, how are they suppose to recover....
I wonder if anyone in the media or elsewhere has used the phrase, "of Biblical proportions," in reference to the rains in Middle Tennessee. Given the amount and rate of rainfall, it would surely seem to qualify for that description, but of course, there is anti-Biblical political correctness to consider so maybe that phrase hasn't been used.
Lord, we ask that these destructive waters dry up in Jesus' Name, and that lives are protected and property saved, Lord. We claim the Blood of Jesus over this region, so that through this tragedy many may come to seek You, and find You! We stand on Your Word and Your promises of safety and protection. In Jesus' Name we pray~amen.
The President has declared a major disaster exists in Tennessee, opening federal funding to residents hit by severe weather