Here’s our latest update about Nashville Flooding Pictures and Photos. There are now at least 18 deaths from flooding along the Cumberland River and its tributaries in Tennessee.
A woman died when she drove off a road into water Monday night near Clarksville.
Montgomery County government spokeswoman Elizabeth Black told The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper the 70-year-old woman is the county’s first flood-related fatality. The victim’s identity wasn’t immediately released.
Besides the 18 known flooding deaths, one additional death in the weekend storms across Tennessee came from a tornado.
More than 20,000 people in Tennessee were without power late Monday, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. The American Red Cross opened 18 emergency shelters in Tennessee, housing about 1,000 people.
The Cumberland River, which wends its way through Nashville, was expected to crest late Tuesday at 51.5 feet, nearly a foot above flood level.
Many of the city’s landmarks were flooded, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and many of the hotels and bars in the Lower Broadway entertainment district. Water reached midway up the light posts in the parking lots around LP Field, the football stadium where the Tennessee Titans play.
Still, about 50 Nashville schools were damaged and floodwaters submerged hundreds of homes in the Bellevue suburb alone, including Lisa Blackmon’s. She escaped with her dog and her car but feared she lost everything else.
“I know God doesn’t give us more than we can take,” said Blackmon, 45, who lost her job at a trucking company in December. “But I’m at my breaking point.”
Here are some photos of the flooding: