A five-week-old infant was among those rescued during Thursday morning's flash flooding.
The baby, her parents and four-year-old brother were saved from their home on Gibson Drive in Madison, just north of Nashville.
Fast moving flood waters trapped the family and forced them to the attic of their home.
"We were stuck. We had nowhere to go," Rebecca Marlin recalled, adding, "They told us to get in the attic and pop out our vents and hang a towel out so the fire department could see us."
Two firefighters, with a rope tethered around their waists, waded through waist deep water to save the family and carried the infant out in her car seat carrier.
The firemen held the child over their heads due to the high water. The baby girl slept through the entire ordeal.
The water came so fast, the Marlins had time to grab only a few precious possessions.
They lost everything, including the baby's clothing and supplies.
Rebecca Marlin said, "That is the one thing I didn't want to lose was their [baby] books because I don't have mine so we got them and they're safe. Those are memories I can't replace."
Four to five feet of water filled the family's home at the height of the storm.
They are now staying with family.
In all, an estimated 10 homes flooded along Gibson Drive. Many residents told Nashville's News 2 they plan to move out of the area, which has flooded before.