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Mayor Dean Urges Continued Caution After Flooding

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean urged residents to keep track of the weather situation after several rounds of heavy rain left parts of the city underwater Thursday.

"At this point, we're not anticipating additional significant flooding, but we continue to monitor the situation closely since weather patterns can often change, " Mayor Dean said. " The event is nowhere near the scale of what we experienced with the May 2010 flood, but we are taking all necessary steps to be fully prepared if the situation worsens unexpectedly. I urge everyone to be cautious on any roadways where there appears to be floodwaters."

 

The flooding was isolated to parts of northern Davidson County, where more than 7 inches of rain fell in a three-hour period. Most of the county received 1 to 2 inches of rain.

That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning. That warning was  allowed to expire at 6 p.m.

 

Emergency workers received over 200 calls related to today's rain and isolated flooding, mainly from people needing rescued  from high waters. Thursday's flooding damaged more than 100 homes and businesses and forced 300 people from their homes. Two Red Cross shelters were opened .  One at Mt. Zion Church on Old Hickory Boulevard and the second at the Hadley Park community center on 28th Avenue North.

The mayor reminded residents that if you have wet items you need to dispose of, set them on the curb and call 311 or 862-8750 to have them picked up. You can also go to www.nashville.gov/public-works and complete an on-line customer service request form.

While cleanup is underway, Thursday night will be a very busy night in downtown Nashville. There is a pre-season Titan's game and the first concert in this year's Live on the Green series at public square.

"For all people traveling to and from events tonight especially going home after dark, I once again urge you to be cautious on roadways where there appears to be floodwaters. You not only put your life at risk but the lives of emergency personnel who respond to help you,"  Mayor Dean concluded.

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