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TEMA Declares State Of Emergency After Flooding

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 14:37:50-04

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a State of Emergency due to flash flooding across portions of the state.

A line of storms first moved through Wednesday afternoon and brought high winds and heavy rains. A second line of storms moved through overnight, bringing torrential downpours.

Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart and Sumner counties reported up to 8” of rain in some locations.

Preliminary damage reports from Stewart County indicate it was one of the hardest hit from the flash flooding and severe weather:

  • Homes: 10 destroyed and 7 with major damage
  • Mobile Homes: 10 destroyed
  • Public Buildings: 1 church destroyed, 2 churches with major damage, 1 ballpark with major damage
  • Private Businesses: 1 day care destroyed and 1 Subway restaurant with major damage

Preliminary damage reports from Sumner County also showed significant impact with 30 homes reported damaged and four bridges with major damage.

In many areas throughout Davidson and surrounding counties, high water remains a problem on roadways. Numerous power outages were also reported throughout the area (see outage map).  

Yards in neighborhoods along Ewingdale Drive, located not far from Briley Parkway, experienced severe flooding. 

Further north, creeks have been rising significantly in Robertson and Sumner counties. An entire neighborhood in Gallatin has been evacuated due to rising waters.

A bridge in Bethpage has nearly been washed out and is impassable.  

Several shelters have been set up at local churches to assist those displaced. (More: Red Cross Opens Shelters After Widespread Flooding)

Officials with the Clarksville Police Department said flooding was also a concern in Montgomery County. Motorists were asked to avoid areas near several downtown intersections, including Franklin at Cedar Street, Glenwood Drive at Madison Street and Cumberland Drive near Church Street. 

Multiple rescues were conducted in Clarksville from both homes and vehicles, according to authorities.

In one case, two officers rescued a mother and her young child from their home where knee-deep water was still continuing to rise.

An officer could be seen carrying the small child to safety.

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There were no reports of fatalities or injuries from the severe flooding, but emergency management officials warned people to use caution if they encounter high water and to always "Turn around. Don't Drown."

More storms are expected to move into the area later Thursday. 

There are no reports of fatalities or injuries from the severe flooding but emergency management officials are warning local residents to use caution if they encounter high water.