NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says emergency officials are closely monitoring the weather following unexpected flash flooding in northern Davidson County.
Rescue workers received 211 calls for help early Thursday, including many from people stranded in their vehicles and homes by rising water.
Television crews filmed cars swamped windshield-deep in some low spots and flooded ground-floor apartments.
They also showed Nashville firefighters wading in waist-deep water to rescue residents, including a 5-month old baby. Some people waited for help on second-floor balconies and roofs.
The water began receding as the rain moved east, out of the metro area.
Speaking at a Thursday afternoon press conference, Dean said most of the emergency calls had stopped by 10 a.m.
The flooding was isolated to parts of northern Davidson County, where more than 7 inches of rain fell in three hours. Dean said the flooding was unexpected because that much rain had not been predicted. Indeed, most of the county received only 1 to 2 inches of rain.
More rain is expected overnight and through the weekend although officials do not expect more flooding. However, the Emergency Operations Center remains open, and Dean said officials are monitoring the weather in case the situation changes.
Dean said it was too early to put a dollar figure on the damage to homes and businesses but codes officials will be assessing the damage over the coming days. The Red Cross has set up two shelters for those displaced by the flooding.
Dean said Thursday’s flash flooding was “nowhere near the scale of May 2010″ when the Cumberland River flooded killing 26 people — 11 in Nashville — and causing more than $2 billion in damage in the capital city.