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Flooding Persists For Several Counties In Tennessee

Flooding Persists For Several Counties In Tennessee

CREATED Jun 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Flooding persisted Friday for several counties in the southern and southwestern part of Middle Tennessee following heavy rains on Thursday.

Much of the area already had anywhere from two to eight inches of rainfall by Thursday morning, and more rain fell throughout the afternoon. Officials said about one inch of additional rainfall was expected through Friday night. Locally higher amounts were also possible.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for most of western Tennessee through Friday evening.

Tennessee declared a state of emergency in anticipation of potential severe weather and flooding in the coming days. The declaration activates the governor's emergency powers and starts up the State Emergency Operations Center.

The search resumed Friday morning for a six-year-old boy, whose family's car was swept away by floodwaters in Hickman County on Thursday afternoon. READ MORE: Search To Resume For Boy Swept Away In Hickman Co. Flooding

A 72-year-old man died Thursday morning in Lawrence County after driving his vehicle into standing water from flash flooding along Denson Road and SR 240 in Summertown. READ MORE: Victim's Identity Released In Lawrence County Flooding Death

Numerous water rescues and road closures have been reported in those areas. Drivers were urged to avoid water covered roads and other flood prone areas. In Dickson County, seven people had to be rescued from an apartment building on Spring Street due to flooding. No injuries were reported.

No serious damage was reported from the overnight storms, but a church in the south Nashville area and an apartment complex in Hopkinsville were believed to have been struck by lightning. Both buildings suffered serious damage from the resulting fires, but no injuries were reported.

In Williamson County, lightning also reportedly struck the Henpeck substation. A power pole was snapped in half along Henpeck Lane, and trees and limbs were knocked down throughout the Oak Leaf subdivision.

The storms knocked out power to hundreds of people across the area, including Dickson County where 250 people remained without power Thursday morning. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative reported some 6,000 were without power at the height of the storms, but that number had gone down throughout the day.

About 30,000 people were without power in Shelby County on Thursday afternoon. There were reports of downed trees and power lines, blocking some roads.

Temperatures were expected return to more normal temperatures in the 80s by the weekend, with some rain chances in the 7-day forecast.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)