NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bridge has been dedicated in honor of three people who died during Middle Tennessee's epic flood last May.
The Old Harding Pike Bridge over the Harpeth River in Bellevue was renamed the Formosa-McCormac Memorial Bridge on Thursday. It is in honor of the Bellevue residents Joseph and Bessie Formosa and Mary Jane McCormac who died last May during the floods.
"It is an honor and a lasting tribute to our father. Our children and grandchildren will know about this and it will not be forgotten," said the Mr. Formosa's daughter, Mary Margaret Lambert.
Bessie and Joseph Formosa died when they attempted to drive to dinner through the flood water off Sawyer Brown Road. Residents told NewsChannel 5 they tried to flag the couple down to stop them, but the couple's car flipped just feet from their home. Both died from their injuries.
Mary Jane McCormac was found on the bottom story of her River Plantation home with rain boots and umbrella but the 86-year-old didn't make it out in time.
Following the ceremony, Mary Margaret Lambert and her brother threw flowers into the river in memory of their parents.