More Rain Expected As Flooding Threat Lingers

Posted at 6:28 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 10:05:08-05

A soggy, rainy pattern has set-up across the Middle Tennessee area and will hang around through the first half of the weekend. 

Some drivers had a rough commute Thursday morning after a round of heavy rain moved through overnight. 

A Flood Watch was issued for several counties Wednesday and remains in effect until at least Saturday afternoon. 

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened dams and released water to prevent flooding upstream on the Cumberland River. The water levels in downtown Nashville rose from 31 to 35 feet.

Flood advisories went into effect for several area creeks and rivers, including: Richland Creek, Browns Creek, the Cumberland River, Tennessee River, and Stones Creek River.

Houston County Schools closed due to road conditions across the county. 

In Nashville, a woman's car engine got flooded out near 11th Avenue North and Lifeway Plaza. Firefighters had to be called out to help.

People often underestimate the power of flowing water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock an adult off his or her feet.

Most vehicles begin to lose contact with the road in six inches of water and can be swept away in 12-18 inches. When approaching a flooded roadway remember, “turn around don't drown.”