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Heavy Rains Close Roads, Cause Problems

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By Chris Conte

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Days of merciless downpours created major headaches across Middle Tennessee on Sunday as some roads had to be shut down because of rivers overflowing their banks.

"I call it Piney Creek, but this is Piney River at its best today. They'll block off this road eventually," said Tony Godwin as he stood on the edge of Bruce Road which became impassible due to high water.

Several counties across Tennessee were under Flash Flood and Tornado Warnings on Sunday as heavy bands of rain marched across the state, filling rivers and creeks already saturated from days of precipitation.

Most of the flooding problems on Sunday were isolated to closed roadways.

"That's at least three foot there in the road I would say," added Godwin as he looked at the water rushing over Bruce Road.

Sunday's storm brought some surprises for cell phone users as well. It was the first time a new government service known as the Wireless Emergency Alert System was used. The nationwide system went into effect last year and is location based, meaning cell phone users receive alerts relevant to their physical location. That's the reason why many people in the mid-state got "Flash Flood Warnings" throughout the day Sunday even if they aren't signed up for any type of weather alert service.

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