Man dies after driving into high water in Cheatham County

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CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — One person has died after flooding in Ashland City, bringing the death toll to seven amid record rainfall in Tennessee over the weekend.

Ed Hogan, the director of Cheatham County Emergency Management said a man in his 60s drove around a sign warning of flooding around 10:30 p.m. Sunday and went into high water on Tennessee Waltz Parkway.

Crews responded to rescue the man, but he did not survive, according to Hogan.

“When you get in a vehicle and go in the water, you’re not able to open the door like you can when you’re standing on dry ground. You’ve got too much pressure,” Hogan explained. “If you’ve got electric windows, if the power goes out, you can’t let your window down. People panic.”

AO Smith’s water heater plant on Tennessee Waltz Parkway was closed Monday, as both parking lots remained underwater. The city park in Ashland City was also flooded.

“Even today, the Cumberland River has crested, going down real slow. We have a lot of citizens that can’t get out. We can’t get to them unless we get in by boat,” Hogan explained.

With more rain expected Tuesday into Wednesday, he purged drivers “not to go through the barricades, if you see water.” He added, “if you don’t go through it, you’ll stay safe and be able to go home to your family.”

Cheatham County began building a berm around this same area last year to avoid flooding, but it has not been completed and there is no definite timeline for its completion, Hogan said.

“High water” sign blocks flooded portion of Highway 12 in Ashland City (Photo: WKRN)

Metro police reported four additional deaths in Nashville after the historic weekend flooding.

Officers said 70-year-old Garry Cole was found dead Sunday morning inside of a sedan submerged in a creek on Nolensville Pike at Harding Place. The body of Douglas Hammond, 65, was located at Nashboro Village Golf Course later in the morning, according to police.

Metro police confirmed two additional victims, 64-year-old Fredrick Richards and a 46-year-old woman, were found dead in a wooded area adjacent to Wentworth-Caldwell Park on Edmondson Pike, off Nolensville Pike.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency initially reported a fifth weather-related death in Davidson County, but revised that Tuesday and said there were actually four deaths in the county.

The agency said there was another death in Hawkins County, where emergency officials reported a woman died Sunday afternoon after her car was swept off the road and taken downstream.

A seventh death has been reported by first responders in Maury County. They said a woman died in a “flood-related incident,” but no further information has been released.

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