FOXNews.com - Record Flood Threatens Nashville After Violent Storms Kill At Least 19
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Opryland's 1,500 guests were spending the night in a high school to escape rising floodwaters that threatened other areas of downtown hit by devastating thunderstorms that slammed Tennessee and northern Mississippi, killing at least 19 people.Nashville and areas nearby in the South East were recently devastated by a massive record breaking storm. I live here in Nashville and have even taken pictures of flood damage in my own neighborhood. So far we have yet to hear from the Federal government, and FEMA says they will come down and assess damages on May 10. Nashville has not seen such devastating weather before. Many schools are being converted into shelters (including my university) and things are in chaos. There is mass flooding and critical damages to the roads here as well. It has rained for roughly three straight days with the sun finally coming out today. So far the death toll is at 19, but they predict that it will rise. They also have been recovering bodies of storm victims and anticipate finding more. This is truly a devastating time for my city.Flooding and damage was so widespread in Tennessee that Bredesen asked the state's Army National Guard to help and dozens of vehicles and personnel were put to work rescuing stranded residents. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean reported more than 1,000 water rescues in the city alone, including that of a policeman who became trapped and clung to a tree for an hour before firefighters plucked him from the flood waters.