18-Month-Old, Teen Rescued From Murfreesboro Flooding

Posted at 11:40 AM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 17:12:49-05

At least three people, including an 18-month-old and a 16-year-old, were rescued from floodwaters in Rutherford County.

The Rutherford County Fire and Rescue was called to Sulphur Springs Road in Murfreesboro after reports of residents trapped in a vehicle.  

A father and baby were rescued. Officials said a 16-year-old was also pulled from the water.

Rutherford County Fire Rescue crew member Joshua Sanders was part of that rescue.

With 16 years on the job, Sanders says flooding in the Sulphur Springs Road area -- with water easily covering the road -- is common.

"The saying is 'Turn around, don't drown,' and we say that for a reason," Sanders said. "There can be hazards that are unseen, and it only takes a few inches of water to float a vehicle."

The agency said it responded to several emergency calls after Tuesday’s flash flooding.

“We want to emphasize our ongoing messages during this time. Please turn around, don’t drown. Driving down a risky roadway is not worth the potential danger of the situation,” said Chief Larry Farley.

Rutherford County Schools also closed due to the flooding.

If a road is blocked by high water, officials asked you to find a safer way of travel or to stay home and allow the water levels to fall.  

Roads with high water include, J.D. Todd Road at Old Lebanon Road, Cascade Falls Road at J.D. Todd Road and Lassiter Road at Baker Road.