Summer of Floods: Tennessee Hit Again

Tennessee already saw more than its fair share of flooding, earlier this summer, in May. Some of the areas that suffered that historic flooding, have been hit again. Locals were under the impression that the May flooding was a “once in 1,000 years flood”. Apparently that is not the case. The heavy rain started Wednesday and is getting worse…

Major rains hit parts of middle and eastern Tennessee yesterday, causing flash floods. Some of the cities that were recovering from May, were hit again. Downpours also caused flooding in parts of Kentucky, North Carolina and Virgina.

The Tennessee floods hit a fever pitch, yesterday, when a commuter rail line was washed away. Only a day before this, a home had been swept away, a train was derailed and people were trapped in their cars.

In the May floods, 22 people died. Luckily, no deaths have been reported from the current flooding. Unfortunately, the immediate forecast for the region does not look good. More heavy rain is expected in the affected regions, as well as other parts of the southeast. Highway 17 in Kentucky, near Jackson, is currently closed due to mudslide fears.

Pictures from the May flooding:

Opryland Hotel (C), Grand Ole Opry (L) and Opry Mills mall are surrounded by water from Cumberland River after heavy rains from the weekend in Nashville, Tennessee May 4, 2010. Severe storms and flash floods left more than a dozen people dead in Tennessee and Kentucky over the weekend as rising river waters closed portions of interstate highways leading in and out of Nashville. REUTERS/M. J. Masotti Jr. (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

The road into a neighbourhood is flooded after heavy rains from the weekend in Nashville, Tennessee May 4, 2010. Severe storms and flash floods left more than a dozen people dead in Tennessee and Kentucky over the weekend as rising river waters closed portions of interstate highways leading in and out of Nashville. REUTERS/M. J. Masotti Jr. (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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