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More Rain Ahead As Flooding Cleanup Continues

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thursday morning brought heavy rains to parts of middle Tennessee. Areas of Nashville, along with parts of Wilson County saw up to seven inches of rain in a short period of time. Even more rain is expected into the weekend. 

More than 100 homes and businesses were damaged by the flash flooding. Metro Police responded to more than 200 water-related calls throughout the morning.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Mt. Zion Church near Interstate 24 and Old Hickory Boulevard in Bordeaux. A second shelter was set up at the Hadley Park community center on 28th Avenue North, but later closed due to no one showing up.

Some of the worst damage was in Madison. Residents said what happened Thursday morning was worse then the flooding of 2010. Water not only turned parts of Gallatin Pike into a river, it also pushed a huge chunk of a building that housed La Roca church and a salon off it's foundation.

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On Saunders Avenue in Nashville, several homes damaged in the May 2010 flood were once again flooded. Families said it was only a matter of time before flash flood waters destroyed their homes.

"This was something that was preventable, it didn't have to be like this or look like this. It makes me mad," explained Dawn LeBlond.

Flash flood waters from a nearby drainage culvert came rushing into the home the LeBlond's rent around 6 a.m. The family was forced to swim to safety with their daughter as the water quickly became 5 feet high inside their home.

LeBlond and her neighbor, who was also flooded out, said the problem has to do with a clogged culvert under a railroad embankment behind their home. LeBlond said neither Metro Public Works or CSX will claim responsibility for keeping the drainage pipe clear and she's the one who ends up paying the price.

Residents at Parkwood Villa Apartments on Brick Church Pike had to be evacuated due to flash flooding at Ewing Creek. Some residents were on their balconies waiting to be rescued, while Nashville firefighters waded waist-deep water to lead some residents to higher ground.  Cars in the parking lot were completely underwater.

On Ewing Lane, several cars were underwater as they tried to drive through the flooded roadway; later the water receded. The same was true on Gallatin Pike at Old Hickory Boulevard in the Madison area.

In Inglewood, The Odom family cleaned up a big mess. Their home sits 20 feet from Cooper Creek. Thursday morning's rain transformed the creek from a babbling brook into a raging river. It's the second time in three years that flood waters have damaged their homes.

Two area schools will be closed Friday due to flooding damage. Boys Prep Madison and Rose Park at Johnson School will not have class.

The Titans game and the Live on the Green concert went on as planned.

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