WESTMORELAND, Tenn. - Portions of Sumner County were severely flooded as heavy rains moved across the area.
A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for the area. A severe thunderstorm moved through the area overnight, dumping 3-6 inches of rain in a short period of time.
Numerous water rescues were reported in the area, including at least three incidents involving school buses.
Jeremy Johnson with Sumner County Schools said most of their schools are located in higher elevations, so they continued with their schedule for the day.
However, a few buses were briefly stranded on roads due to the rising waters.
Students from one of the buses had to be evacuated, while others waited for the water to recede. When asked if students were in any danger, Johnson said "no, absolutely not."
All students were said to be safe.
In an interview with NewsChannel 5, Sheriff Weather said there were three rescue teams deployed to assist residents. Crews from Fort Campbell and Williamson County also volunteered to help.
However, he emphasized that flooding continued to be a problem most of the morning.
“Any low-lying area near running creeks is going to be flooded,” he said. “If you don’t have to get out, we’re asking people to stay home.”
Weatherford also confirmed two people were rescued from a trailer on Cummins Lane and Upper Station Road.
Flooding has also been reported on Old Gallatin Road, Keytown Road and Hogan's Branch Road - located off Long Hollow Pike. In the Cottontown area, Shun Pike Road and Pee Dee Road are also flooded.
Melanie Crook was at her home along Station Camp Creek when the floodwaters began to rise. The water rose so quickly, she didn’t have time to put on her shoes.
By the time EMS crews arrived at her home, floodwaters had begun to wash over her porch.
At one point, her truck was swept away – an image that was captured from Sky 5.
“I sure hope everybody’s safe. It’s quick, it’s dangerous,” she said. “Hopefully everybody’s safe… it’s unreal.”
Water Beginning To Recede
Ken Weidner with the Sumner County EMA said the central portion of the county was hit hard, spanning from Gallatin northeast to the Portland area.
Sheriff Weatherford said the water was receding and moving southward towards Nashville. However, Friday morning he urged residents not to go out for at least a few more hours.
Late Friday afternoon, officials said several roads were closed, including Buck Hollow at Bagsby Ranch. The approach to the bridge on Jenkins Lane at Lower Station Camp washed out. Old Gallatin Road was also closed at North Hunter Road.
Six or seven other roads were also damaged, but they had been cleared.
Do not drive through standing water - it could be deeper and more swift than it appears. If you feel as if you're in danger, call 911 immediately.