Flooding leaves a Dickson Co. community without water for days

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The impacts of last weekend’s storms are wide-ranging.  One community in Dickson County lost its water supply.  

No drinking, no bathing, Vanleer’s water lines have been damaged, and it could be two more days until they’re fixed.  Families are being forced to find other options.   

The unrelenting rain and storms battered Middle Tennessee Saturday. Across Dickson County, the floods followed, the final straw for hundreds of families.  

“Both bridges on our road are washed out,” says Amber Robison. “We couldn’t get to our house on Saturday, we were at a friend’s house until about midnight.”  

Finally, Monday, the skies cleared. Speaking from inside the YMCA, Robison is joined by her seven kids.   

“The water was clear to the bottom of them. We have them raised up too because we’re by a creek”   

Saturday, her home flooded. And like hundreds of others in Vanleer, she’s been without water for three days.  She came to the ‘Y’ to shower and clean-up and was welcomed like family.   

The Dickson YMCA is also passing out toiletry bags and towels to people in need.   

“It has all the basics in it, shampoo, toothpaste, washcloth,” says Paul Pitney. “And we hand them a towel and they’re welcome to go and use our shower facilities.”   

Robison and her seven girls say they’re relieved and ready to take advantage.   

“For this many baths, I really have to come somewhere to take advantage of it,” she says. “It’s really nice we have the opportunity to come here and do this.”   

The Vanleer Fire Department handed out bottled water Monday and will again Tuesday, at the fire station until 5 p.m. 

News 2’s “Severe Weather Awareness Day” will dig deeper into how families, schools and businesses are working to be storm ready with special reports this Wednesday.

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