Heavy down pourings of rain in the Nashville, TN area eastward has triggered serious flash flooding. There was waist-deep water in Parkwood Villa Apartments that forced ground floor residents to flee to second story balconies where they were rescued by boat. Metro officials reported that several water rescues were taking place in Davidson County Thursday morning and that several homes were being evacuated due to flooding. The National Weather Service issued numerous flood warnings and advisories for Davidson County Thursday morning. The flash flood warning that’s in effect for Davidson, southern Sumner and northern Wilson Counties will remain in effect until at least noon.
There has already been 3 to 7 inches of rain that’s come down in the mid-Tennessee area and evacuations are ongoing. Many roads across mid-Tennessee are impassable because of flooding and more are bound to be as many streams and rivers are breaching their banks and already soaked low-lying areas simply cannot take any more rain. The worst of the flooding is concentrated north of the city of Nashville in Madison, Whites Creek and Bordeaux. In Madison, a driver and passenger of a city bus had to be rescued after floodwaters overtook the vehicle. A family in Madison had to flee into their attic when their home was flooded with several feet of water.
Just after 8am, rescue boats were sent to the Ewingdale Dr. area off 1-24 to rescue people who were stranded by the flash flooding. Several metro MTA buses in Madison could not navigate their usual routes due to water on the streets. Those who normally take those buses were told to make alternate plans to get to and from work Thursday. Some residents of Madison were rescued at 4:30 Thursday morning when chest high water swamped their homes.
Several residents on Ewing Lane in Nashville were evacuated early in the morning Thursday due to a propane gas leak that was caused by flooding. Firefighters there went door-to-door to clear the area and to make sure everyone was accounted for. Several homes were evacuated and at least 10 water rescues took place during the early morning hours in the Bordeaux area of Nashville.