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Soggy, Cold Weekend Across Midstate

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Mayor's Field Day at LP Field. Mayor's Field Day at LP Field.
Cumberland River seeping over the steps at Riverfront Park. Cumberland River seeping over the steps at Riverfront Park.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steady rains across the area prompted flood warnings in many local counties on Saturday. A system that was just to the west of Middle Tennessee on Friday slowly moved over the midstate on Saturday producing steady rains with some areas expected to get 2-3 inches of precipitation by the time the system moves out.

High waters put one local family in serious danger. Lawrenceburg police said the family tried to drive over a flooded bridge on Mount Ararat Road when their vehicle got swept into a creek. Fire crews were brought in to pull the family to safety. No one was hurt.

The rain also washed out some weekend events in our area. The Main Street Jazz Fest in Murfreesboro canceled its schedule for Saturday because of the weather. 

"I'm really disappointed that we had to cancel the event," said Event Chair Laura Bohling. "It's going to rain all day and it's not a festival without Kids Alley and people sitting around in lawn chairs having a good time."

The weather also caused Nashville Shores in Hermitage to postpone the opening of it's new season on Saturday.

In downtown Nashville, the Cumberland River continued to overflow its banks on Saturday. At Riverfront Park, the water was up to the second set of concrete steps.

Despite the rain, Mayor Karl Dean went ahead with his annual Field Day events. More than 1,500 participants made it out to LP Field where they got to play ball with some Tennessee Titans. 

Free ponchos were handed out for activities on the field while others were moved inside the stadium's concourse. All the activities were a big hit with the kids.

This weekend's flooding came right on the heels of last weeks heavy rains and many were still dealing with the damage. In Stewart County's Carlisle community, more than 30 homes were destroyed by flooding and nearly 130 people were displaced. 

Over the past week, teams from area churches have been volunteering to help remove debris, wash clothes, serve meals, and provide medical care. Emergency officials said it could take weeks before the relief work is done. Donations were being organized by the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief.

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