NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Officials said the Cumberland River crested at 34 feet as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday and is already receding.
Around 6:30 p.m., a flood warning issued for the Cumberland River by the National Weather Forecast was cancelled after being issued earlier in the day. The original forecast was 40.0 feet, which is flood stage. The river will continue to fall through Friday afternoon.
At a briefing Thursday evening, Mayor Karl Dean said there has been no flooding or evacuations in Davidson County, but downtown and Pennington Bend residents are asked to be prepared if that changes.
"And we feel that as a city it is important to err on the side of caution, and that we have encouraged residents to do the same," said Mayor Karl Dean.
As a precaution, the Red Cross opened a shelter at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hermitage Church of Christ at 4004 Lebanon Road. The full-service shelter will have snacks and water available, as well as the capacity to serve meals and provide overnight stays for those who have been affected by potential flooding.
Metro jail inmates and Hands On Nashville filled about 7,000 sandbags on Thursday. Hands On Nashville coordinated about 200 volunteers to begin sandbagging in two areas: the Riverfront and in the Pennington Bend area.
"We want residents to know that if you see sandbags being put in place, that does not mean flood is imminent, it simply means we are taking precautionary measures," said Mayor Dean.
During the May floods, the water level reached just under 52 feet.
National Weather Service forecaster Bobby Boyd said people who live in the Pennington Bend area - near the Gaylord Opryland Resort - likely would not see a repeat of the flooding that reached many homes in early May.
He said the crest along that stretch, upstream from downtown, will be at least 12 feet lower than the highest river level in May.
Industrial areas and fields along the river will likely receive minor flooding.
Below is a list of danger zones at different flood levels:
At 25.0 feet, the Riverfront areas on both sides of the river begin to be inundated in downtown Nashville.
At 30.0 feet, the first grassy area of the Riverfront landing, and the access point on the east side of the river near LP Field are inundated.
At 34.0 feet, water reaches the second grassy area of the Riverfront landing and covers most of the access area on the east side of the river near LP Field. In East Nashville, water reaches dirt trails in the Shelby Bottoms Park area.
At 38.0 feet, water begins to inundate the third grassy area of the Riverfront landing and paved walking and biking trails in the Shelby Bottoms area.
At 38.5 feet, water reaches several low lying areas along the Cumberland River in and around the Metro area. The Pennington Bend area near Opry Mills begins to flood.
At 39.0 feet, water overflows the river bank along Pennington Bend near Opry Mills and approaches the landing at Riverfront Park.
At 40.0 feet, flooding begins along the river in and around the Nashville metropolitan area. Flood waters approach some industrial areas downtown and the Cumberland Field Airport.
At 42.0 feet, water reaches the fourth grassy area of the Riverfront landing in downtown Nashville.