4 dead amid flash flood emergency in Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NewsNation Now) — At least four people have died after more than seven inches of rain fell in Nashville over the weekend, causing extreme flooding across the city. A flash flood emergency has been declared by the National Weather Service for the city and surrounding areas.

Metro police said first responders were called to Nolensville Pike at Harding Place, where they said a 70-year-old man was found dead in a vehicle in floodwaters behind a Walmart.

Police later said a second man, presumed to have drowned, was found dead on the Nashville Village golf course. Officers believe the 65-year-old was swept away by high water after getting out of his car that had run off the road and into a culvert.

Two additional people, a 46-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man, were found dead in a wooded area adjacent to Wentworth-Caldwell Park, according to police. Officials said the bodies were located near a homeless camp.

The Nashville Fire Department said it rescued at least 130 people from cars, apartments and homes, while about 40 dogs were moved from a Nashville boarding kennel, Camp Bow Wow, to another location. To the south in Williamson County, over 34 swift water rescues were carried out, said county EMA Director Todd Horton during a media briefing. As many as 18 homes in one neighborhood had to be evacuated.

The National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning that rain in Nashville has stopped but residents are urged to not travel during flood conditons.

The emergency included Brentwood, Franklin and Mt. Juliet, in addition to Nashville.

On Sunday afternoon, Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order declaring a local state of emergency.

“Today, I signed an executive order declaring a local state of emergency due to flooding in Nashville, as we seek state and federal resources to assist Davidson County,” said Cooper.

Several photos and videos shared online and by NewsNation affiliate WKRN showed high water on roads and throughout residential areas.

Nashville recorded 5.75 inches of rain on Saturday, the weather service said, setting a new record for the most rain to fall in the city on a March day. It was also the fourth-wettest day in the city’s history.

Over 10,000 customers were without power in Tennessee, according to poweroutage.us, a utility tracking service. Nearly 11,000 customers were in the dark in Arkansas, where the same line of storms moved through earlier Saturday.

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The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate WKRN contributed to this report.

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