ordinarybird (ordinarybird) wrote in ontd_political,

Major Flooding in Tennessee; Record River Levels Continue to Rise

Five people have died in Davidson County as a result of flooding, with two more missing, the mayor's office is reporting.

In addition to a body recovered in water near Bell Road and Blue Hole -- at first the sole death Metro Nashville was counting -- two bodies have been recovered from a flooded house on Del Ray Drive, and two more have been recovered from a vehicle found upside down in standing water on Sawyer Brown Road.

Also, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, three men tied inner tubes together to “raft” on Mill Creek. A short time later, the inner tubes broke apart near the Mill Creek Bridge. A 19-year-old man managed to swim to shore. The other two other young men are missing.

A media release also confirmed a levy in MetroCenter is leaking, so rescuers are evacuating 500 residents and 150 businesses from Dominican Drive to the Cumberland River.

In addition, Metro Police is sending an evacuation team to remove onlookers from Riverfront Park downtown as a precautionary measure due to a possible increase of the predicted flood level of the Cumberland River.

Due to flooding, Metro Water Services is shutting down the K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant. Davidson County residents are urged to only use water for essential purposes until further notice. The public water supply provided by Metro Water Services continues to be safe.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has suspended all bus service through Monday due to flooding at its headquarters facility on Nestor Street.

Interstate 40 between McCrory Lane and Old Hickory Boulevard is closed, and the McCrory Lane Bridge over the Harpeth River is impassable.

Metro has set up three shelters for those forced out of their homes or cannot return to their homes because of floodwater. Two of the three shelters have reached capacity:

* A shelter has been set up at Lipscomb University, in the Student Activities Building at 1100 Granny White Pike next to Allen Arena. That shelter has reached capacity with approximately 200 people.

* A second shelter was set up this afternoon at the Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Boulevard near Bellevue. The JCC shelter is also at capacity with approximately 200 people.

* A third shelter has been set up at Bellevue Middle School, 655 Colice-Jeanne Road. This shelter is prepared to house approximately 200 people.

More news can be found here  www.tennessean.com/article/20100502/NEWS/100502040/0/NEWS01/Record-river-levels-will-continue-to-rise

Also here www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/05/02/nashville.flooding/index.html

I've lived in Tennessee all of my life and have never seen anything this bad.  It will take a lot of time and money to recover and while the rain has stopped for now, the danger is nowhere close to being over.

I think this says it all.  Blue = Flooded

Source - http://www.tennessean.com
Tags: natural disaster, tennessee

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