Friday, July 08, 2016

Tennessee Declares State of Emergency After Floods Force Evacuations, Water Rescues

Eric Chaney
Published: July 7, 2016

Tennessee declared a state of emergency Thursday after torrential rain triggered major flash flooding in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, swamping homes and prompting evacuations and water rescues.

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, six counties encompassing Nashville and areas north to the Kentucky line were affected by locally heavy rainfall, that reached up to 8 inches in some locations.

"This line of thunderstorms didn't merely sweep through, but rather trained over parts of Kentucky and Tennessee like boxcars of a train moving over the same section of railroad track, bringing repeated rounds of heavy rain over one inch per hour," said senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

TEMA reported swift water rescues in Stewart, Sumner, and Robertson counties as flood waters inundated homes and roadways, but said no deaths or injuries have been reported.


A broad swath of 5 to 8 inches of rain was estimated by Doppler radar from far downstate Illinois to Kentucky and northern Tennessee.


tags: extreme weather, severe weather

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