Flash flooding leads to road closures, water rescues - WKRN News 2

Flash flooding leads to road closures, water rescues

Posted: Updated: Aug 8, 2013 08:49 PM
Gibson Drive, Madison Gibson Drive, Madison
Gibson Drive, Madison Gibson Drive, Madison
Gallatin Pike at Old Hickory Boulevard, Madison Gallatin Pike at Old Hickory Boulevard, Madison
Gallatin Pike at Old Hickory Boulevard, Madison Gallatin Pike at Old Hickory Boulevard, Madison
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Heavy rain caused flash flooding across Middle Tennessee Thursday morning and more rain is possible.

Up to seven inches of rain fell in some areas during the early morning hours.  Additional rainfall amounts could total three inches.

During the morning hours Thursday, many roads were impassible and dozens of people, including a five-week-old infant, had to be rescued from high waters.

The baby and her family were saved from their home on Gibson Drive in Madison. Two firemen had to hold the child's car seat carrier over their heads to get the baby to higher ground.

In addition to Madison, Whites Creek and Bordeaux also saw flooding.

Before dawn, emergency crews rescued a woman and toddler from a home on Fairview Drive in Bordeaux.  A few neighbors were also rescued.

A short time later in Madison, the driver and a passenger of a Metro Transit Authority bus had to be rescued after the bus stalled on a flooded Gallatin Pike.

There were also reports of trapped residents in the area of Ewingdale Drive off Briley Parkway.

Due to the flooding, some Metro school buses were unable to navigate their routes.  Families in flooded areas were told to make alternate arrangements.

Flooding also caused problems in Wilson County, east of Nashville.

Curd Road near Mt. Juliet High School was impassible and as a result, city leaders urged families with students to remain home until the water subsided.

Emergency workers utilized a boat to rescue to two elderly residents trapped in a home in the 3000 block of East Division Street in Mt. Juliet.

Thursday afternoon, the Nashville Area Red Cross opened an emergency shelter to assist residents affected by the flash flooding:

Mt. Zion Baptist Church
7594 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37189

Heavy rains are expected to remain a possibility through the weekend.

By Friday morning, more isolated rain and storms could possibly produce localized areas of flash flooding.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 80s.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions, visit WKRN.com/Weather.

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