Record rains cause flash flooding in Tennessee; 4 dead

Record rains cause flash flooding in Tennessee; 4 dead
A car that was carried by floodwaters leans against a tree in a creek Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Torrential rains across Tennessee flooded homes and left roads impassable, prompting dozens of people to take shelter in the Nashville area. Authorities said at least four bodies were found on Sunday in the aftermath of the flood.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said at a news conference Sunday that the city received more than 7 inches of rain, the second-highest two-day rainfall total ever recorded.

Ebony Northern said a normally tame creek running through her apartment complex in Nashville swiftly rose after heavy rain started late Saturday night. She could see some first-floor units in other parts of the complex being flooded within an hour or so.

She said Sunday morning: “The units are a mess. Some of the outside air conditioning units have floated off.”

The American Red Cross arrived to assist her neighbors, she said.

At least one church also been flooded in Tennessee and canceled in-person Palm Sunday services. In a Facebook post, the New Tribe Church in Mt. Juliet said that knee-deep water flooded the building, sent chairs through a hallway and busted out the glass of its front entrance.

At the start of an online service, Pastor Jarod Smith said: “I am smiling but our hearts are devastated.”

“We are standing in our worship center and there’s just not enough words to describe what it actually looks like,” the Pastor said.

William Swann, Nashville Fire Chief, said swift-water teams were placed on standby in anticipation of the storms.

At least 130 people were rescued from apartments, homes and cars while about 40 dogs were moved from a Nashville boarding kennel, Camp Bow Wow, to another location.

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