Saturday, May 1, 2010

Major flooding in middle Tennessee

By Donald Sensing

Much more updated on May 2 - click here.

Rain in middle Tennessee today has already achieved the second-highest total in one day (average across the midstate of 9.4 inches) and as I write this, there are five hours left in the day. Some areas have exceeded 12 inches. The present record was set in 1979.

Flooding has shut down major sections of main highways, including a long stretch of Interstate 24 in Nashville that was flooded over. Motorists were rescued by motorboat but one died.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Interstate 24 was closed at Bell Road because of a massive amount of flooding on the roadway Saturday, killing one person.

At 5:30 p.m, Interstate 24 was closed at Bell Road because of a massive amount of flooding on the roadway. About 70 cars on the interstate were submerged by the flood waters, but no injuries were reported.
In the screen grab of WSMV-TV's coverage, you can see the interstate is entirely covered to a depth of about four feet near the top of the pic.

Heavy thunderstorms are forecast to continue all day Sunday. More pics:

There is a bridge underneath there.

Tenn. Dept. of Transportation traffic cam, I-24.

I'm a little skeptical of this one.

BTW, I live in Montgomery County, Tenn., which borders Kentucky northwest of Nashville. We have received enormous amounts of rain. My home is about 15 feet lower than the highest point in the county, so there has been no flooding near me. Poor drainage design from a condo complex next door, though, is pretty much washing my driveway away. Which is a minor problem compared to what folks south are going through.

This is a major disaster.

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