Story at a glance

  • Five weather-related deaths occurred in Davidson County, one in Cheatham County and another in Hawkins County.
  • Nashville Mayor John Cooper (D) declared a state of emergency.
  • Another 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall over the region through Wednesday.

At least seven people are dead due to flash flooding that slammed Tennessee over the weekend, and more rain is expected to hit the region throughout the week. 

CBS News reports five weather-related deaths occurred in Davidson County — home to Nashville — one in Cheatham County and another in Hawkins County. The bodies of a 64-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman were found by police near a homeless camp that had flooded, while a 70-year-old man’s body was recovered from a car that had been submerged in water. A 65-year-old man was found dead on a golf course. 


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More than 7 inches of rain fell over Nashville between Saturday and Sunday, prompting Mayor John Cooper (D) to declare a state of emergency. Emergency crews conducted nearly 300 rescues in Nashville and neighboring counties. 

The heavy rain damaged homes and businesses and downed trees and power lines, knocking out power to thousands of people. 

“That is the second-highest two-day rainfall total in our history,” Cooper said, according to CBS. 

While the water has started to recede in some areas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said another 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected to fall over the region, and a flash flood watch is in effect for several counties through late Wednesday. 

“A few strong to possibly severe storms are possible across Middle Tennessee later today and tonight. Although the threat is low, we cannot rule out damaging winds, large hail, or an isolated tornado,” the NWS Nashville said Tuesday


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Published on Mar 30, 2021