NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Areas of downtown Nashville are flooding as the Cumberland River continues to rise.
Severe thunderstorms caused flash floods across the Mid-state throughout the weekend.
The Cumberland River has reach 50-feet above flood stage.
The sewer system cannot take on anymore water and is beginning to flood onto First Avenue.
The sewer overflow is threatening downtown businesses, closest to Broadway Avenue.
Authorities are working to keep onlookers away from the flooding.
"Right now we're watching the river real closely," Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas told News 2. "We're going to continue to keep our fingers crossed that this is going to be as bad as it's going to get, but it's too early to tell. We've got all the right people paying attention and watching.
Chief Serpas added police officers are working throughout the area to keep residents safe.
"And the big message is this—we've got a lot of police officers working tonight," Chief Serpas said. "We've got officers answering radio like we normally do and we've got officers on fixed posts for flooding. If you see something that makes you nervous, always call us. We're ready for that. We're going to continue to be there for that."
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