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5 People Died In Castalian Springs


CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. - Sumner County Emergency Management officials confirmed that five people died in the wake of a wave of storms that moved through Castalian Springs.

There were several people injured by the same storm system that moved into Sumner County around 9 p.m., according to Sheriff Bob Barker.

An 11-month-old baby, however, was rescued and doing fine.

The post office was destroyed.

There were unconfirmed reports of tornado touchdown on Brazier Road.

The Nashville Area chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter in Gallatin at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, 744 Hartsville Pike.

It will be opened for as long as necessary to assist those affected by the storms in Sumner County and those evacuated from their homes near the Columbia Gulf Transmission fire in Westmoreland.

There are 33 people at the shelter.

"There is serious damage in Castalian Springs," said Red Cross spokeswoman Jill Gorin.

She said that staff and volunteers have been dispatched throughout affected areas of the county.

"We are putting together staffing, putting together logistics, mass care, feeding teams, shelter teams - really ready to be on standby for anything," Gorin said. "We are activated by TEMA, so when they see the need for the Red Cross, they do activate us."

The organization's new initiative called Join the 10,000 has helped the group prepare volunteers to respond to emergencies such as the tornadoes that struck parts of the Midstate in 2006 and in downtown Nashville in 1998.

The Red Cross has volunteers on standby to help other parts of Middle Tennessee and Jackson.

Metro Public Works dispatched heavy equipment to the Bethpage Community in Sumner County to remove trees blocking roadways.

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