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Rains Are Chance To Practice Lessons Of 2010 Flood

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August 8th flash flooding in the Pennington Bend area, which also flooded in May 2010. August 8th flash flooding in the Pennington Bend area, which also flooded in May 2010.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Unusually heavy summer rainfalls in Tennessee have given the agencies involved in flood control and emergency management a chance to show that they have learned to cooperate after the disastrous missteps of 2010.

That's the year heavy flooding of the Cumberland River and its tributaries killed 26 people in the state and caused more than $2 billion in damage in Nashville.

Back then, poor communication between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service caused officials to fail to predict major flooding in Nashville until hours after it had happened.

Although flash flooding in Nashville on Thursday was nowhere near the scale of the 2010 floods, officials with the city, the weather service and the corps said they were in constant communication this time.

Areas in north Nashville, along with parts of Wilson County saw up to seven inches of rain in a short period of time Thursday morning. 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. One person suffered minor injuries

The Red Cross said a shelter at Mt. Zion Church near Interstate 24 and Old Hickory Boulevard in Bordeaux will remain open for the nearly two dozen residents for as long as necessary.

Residents with wet items that need disposal can set them on the curb and call 311 or (615)862-8750 to have them picked up. You can also go towww.nashville.gov/public-works and complete an on-line customer service request form.

Cunningham Motors in Goodlettsville will give out a free $20 gift card per family to flood victims starting at 3 p.m. at 404 S. Main Street. 

The Goodlettsville Church of Christ will also hand out free cleaning supplies, food, and personal care items for flood victims starting at at 3 p.m. 

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