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Nashville Residents Forced To Leave Homes Due To Flooding

Posted at 4:46 AM, Sep 01, 2017

A temporary relief shelter opened overnight in Davidson County after severe flooding displaced several residents across the area.

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey began moving through Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky Thursday afternoon, prompting tornado warnings and dumping torrential rains. 

Joelton was one of the areas hit hard by the rain with multiple people forced out of their homes. Property along Long Creek has flooded due to all of the rain.

Residents said it hasn't been this bad since the catastrophic flooding back in 2010. At the worst point, they said the water was waist deep inside the house. 

Joseph Conrad said he set an alarm for every hour because he knew it might flood. He said at 11:30 p.m. it was fine – when he woke up an hour later, there was a foot of water in the house.

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Richard Williams and his wife were displaced from their Lewis Street home, located just south of Nashville. His wife had to be rescued via raft from her hospice bed.  

"When I woke up, the water was up to my waist and up to my wife’s hospital bed," Williams said. 

Williams will be bussed back to his apartment later this morning where he'll begin to assess the damage to his residence. His wife was taken to an area hospital. 

Davidson County residents may be able to adjust their property value.

Officials with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the Property Assessor said those whose property has been substantially damaged — meaning it’s unfit to live in or the value has been reduced by more than 50 percent — can contact the Office of Assessments at 615-862-6080.

“All requests received by Wednesday, September 6 that meet the criteria will likely receive a determination of value by the end of September,” said Property Assessor Vivian Wilhoite. “While we are not trying to minimize the damages to any property, please be aware that we can only make adjustments for substantial damage.”

Tennessee Code Annotated 67-5-603 (a)(1) has stated as follows:

“If, after January 1 and before September 1 of any year, a building or improvement shall be moved, demolished or destroyed, or substantially damaged by fire, flood, wind or any other disaster, and is not restored and no other improvement is constructed in its place before September 1 of that year, the assessor of property shall make or correct the assessment of such property on the basis of the value of the property after such move, destruction or substantial damage of the improvements, notwithstanding the status of the property as of the assessment date of January…”

The assessor and her staff said they send their deepest condolences to those affected in Middle Tennessee.