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As heavy rain moves through Middle Tennessee, drivers should prepare for possible flooding

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 08:53:42-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As this rain moves through Middle Tennessee, remember to “turn around, don’t drown.”

A Storm 5 Alert is in effect for Thursday and Friday as heavy rain moves into our area, bringing 2"- 4" of rain. It doesn't take much floodwater to get you in trouble. Just six inches of water can knock you down.

Read more: Storm 5 Alert: Soaking rain, flooding possible in Middle Tennessee on Thursday and Friday

So, experts say don't even try to walk in flowing or standing water. That same amount of water can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

The CDC says the most common flood deaths happen when you drive in standing water. Gallatin police say a man died Sunday night while trying to cross a flooded creek.

Also, be sure to slow down and turn on your headlights to be seen by others.

The CDC says you also don’t know what's actually in the water. It could have human, livestock and hazardous waste in it.