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Heavy Rains Swell Middle Tennessee Waterways

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flood warnings continue in several counties in Middle Tennessee after heavy rainfall over the weekend swelled rivers and tributaries.

The National Weather Service in Nashville issued a flood warning for the Cumberland River in Dover, which is at flood stage. Up to 6 inches of rain fell in Stewart County, on the Tennessee River.

Clint Mathis, director of Stewart County's Office of Emergency Management, said the flash flood damage from the weekend is worse than the county had in the 2010 floods and will be more costly.

Stewart and Houston County school officials called off classes for the day, along with Houston County Academy.

Officials said flooding in Stewart County was especially bad in the Carlisle and Indian Mound Communities. There was also serious road damage in Stewart County. Taylor's Chapel Road near Highway 79 close to Dover collapsed, leaving an 6-8 foot hole in the road.

In Houston County, Main Street was underwater in downtown Erin. The Oak Brook Retirement Home had to be evacuated for a few hours until high waters receded.

No injuries were reported. Shelters were opened for a time and served about 50 people, but were not needed by later on Sunday.

Another warning was issued in Clarksville, which was 1.5 feet above flood stage Sunday night and rising slowly.

The flooding prompted officials in Clarksville to shut down four city parks on Sunday and it wasn't immediately clear when they would reopen. City officials said they'd hoped the water would have reached its peak Sunday afternoon, but that wasn't the case.

"We had hoped that it would start to reach its crest, but we're seeing in the last couple of hours it's still rising," said Mark Tummons with Clarksville's Parks Department. "We're not sure when it's going to crest, but we do expect it to continue to rise. It's not rising quite as much as it was around 6:00 a.m."

At Liberty Park in Clarksville, the water was estimated to be 15 to 20 feet deep. Some of the parking lots, picnic tables and grills were submerged. At the nearby marina, walkways were impassable on Sunday.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the area and officials limited access to the parks to keep it that way.

The four parks that remained closed on Sunday were Liberty Park and the Clarksville Marina on Cumberland Drive, McGregor Park on Riverside Drive, Billy Dunlop Park on East Boy Scout Road and Trice Landing Park on Oak Street.

The parks will be closed indefinitely, according to the city.

The heavy rain is likely a culprit in a large sinkhole in the Clarksville area. The westbound lanes of Purple Heart Parkway have been shut down after a 20 foot  hole opened up near Fort Campbell Boulevard and Jordan Road.

The National Weather Service is also keeping an eye on Mill Creek near Antioch. It's about three feet above the flood stage.

Meantime, there were more flooding concerns in Carthage on Sunday. Police said the only bridge in and out of the Defeated Creek Marina was completely covered by water at one point.

For safety reasons, they didn't want anyone driving on it, especially since it had been under construction for several months. That meant about 100 people were stuck inside the campground for a while. The bridge was reopened around noon and people were able to leave.

In Williamson County, the entire intersection of Nolensville Road and Concord Road was underwater for a while. Police had to shut it down temporarily as a precaution. A man and his two sons had to be rescued from their family home by boat in Nolensville. They were not injured.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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