NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Several areas of Middle Tennessee are facing serious flooding issues Saturday morning.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency declared a State of Emergency due to catastrophic flooding in the area.
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Hickman County dispatch operators tell News 2 they have been constantly busy with calls. They are urging folks to stay off of the roads and stay at home. They say the interstate is also heavily flooded right now. The Lawrenceburg/Lawrence County Swift Water Rescue Task Force is responding to Hickman County with two boat teams to assist with water rescues.
The Lawrenceburg / Lawrence County Swift Water Rescue Task Force is currently responding to Hickman County with two boat teams with personnel and a Strike Team Leader to assist with water rescues in progress.
In Dickson, multiple areas of the city and county are flooded. Dickson Emergency Communications issued a warning to drivers regarding the high-waters and flooded roads. They say to use extreme caution when traveling. There are reports of standing water and debris in the roadways. The area of Highway 48 N and A G Myatt Rd/Roadway is currently impassable.
The City of Dickson Fire Department responded to eleven calls with multiple rescues involving patients and pets. The Humane Society of Dickson County is closed Saturday due to the weather and flooding. They say all of their animals will be taken care of and fed.
There is currently a flash flood warning in place for Dickson County until 3 p.m.
The Ashland City Fire Department also announced they are assisting the City of Dickson Fire Department. Swift Water Rescue teams from both agencies are headed to Humphreys County responding to more water emergencies.
In Humphreys County, the Sheriff told News 2 its serious situation throughout the area. He says crews cannot get to numerous people and countless folks are currently trapped. The Chief Deputy told News 2 at least eight people are dead and at least 40 are missing due to the flooding.
Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis also told News 2 the county water system is down and search and rescue efforts are still active and will continue through the night. Residents are also asked not to travel to Waverly as flooding remains severe.
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Nashville Fire Department officials say at the request of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the Tennessee Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team is deploying three teams to Humphreys County to assist with ongoing water rescue efforts.
The Nashville Fire Department and the Nashville Office of Emergency Management is also sending four Swift-Water Rescue teams comprised of four personnel from NFD and OEM to assist with water rescues.
Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative issued a statement on their Facebook page Saturday morning. They say some areas are unreachable due to flooding and to expect outages to be lengthy as they wait for water to recede. They are continuing to serve areas as quickly and as safely as they can right now.
The Red Cross is set up at Waverly Church of Christ and Waverly Baptist Church to assist flooding victims in Humphreys County. Flooding Victims in Dickson County may go to the Dickson County YMCA.
TDOT has asked motorists to avoid travel in Humphreys, Houston, Dickson and Hickman counties. Anyone who must drive should click here for road conditions.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee also weighed in on the flood, urging Tennesseans to stay cautious of rising floodwaters. News 2 will continue to track the situation for updates.