published Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Heavy rains swell Middle Tennessee waterways

LaVergne resident Kim Hyatt and her dog Boo boo brave the flooding in their yard, Saturday, April 27, 2013. No water entered the home but if rain continues it could get worse.
LaVergne resident Kim Hyatt and her dog Boo boo brave the flooding in their yard, Saturday, April 27, 2013. No water entered the home but if rain continues it could get worse.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — Flood warnings continue in several counties in Middle Tennessee after heavy rainfall swelled rivers and tributaries.

The National Weather Service in Nashville issued a flood warning for the Cumberland River in Clarksville, which was expected to reach above flood stage on Sunday and then start to decline. The Red River in Port Royal affecting Robertson and Montgomery counties was expected to reach moderate flood levels on Sunday

Clint Mathis, Stewart County Emergency Management Agency director, said there were five or six calls from residents needing rescue from the flooding on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported that a shelter was opened in Dover for flood victims, but no one used the shelter, so it was closed.

In Houston County, residents’ homes were damaged also, as well as churches and businesses, and some people were even stranded in their vehicles, said Emergency Management Agency Director David Hardin.

The weather service also issued a flood warning for Mill Creek near Antioch in Davidson County, which had reached about three feet above flood stage on Sunday.

Traci Short and her 6-year-old daughter were forced from their home in La Vergne by rising floodwaters on Saturday. She told The Tennessean that the water had reached ankle- to knee-deep in her yard. The water began receding on Saturday evening and Short was allowed to return to her home.

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