Well dear people, Tennessee will probably be declared a disaster area by tomorrow. Davidson County, where I live, already is declared. We have had severe rain since yesterday morning (approx 18" thus far with more to come).
Every creek and river broke their banks and the Cumberland River is inching up to level with 1st. Avenue in downtown Nashville. The flood level stick is currently at about 47 ft. there.
Many roads are closed or impassable, houses have been washed away. Cars are stacked up. Highways and Interstates are closed or being closed. There's an 8 mile traffic jam on the interstate at Bellevue. PLEASE STAY HOME AND DO NOT TRAVEL IN OUR COUNTY UNLESS YOU ARE EMERGENCY CREWS. Power, phones, internet is intermittent.
We are on a hill and while we have a soggy basement and a tree down, we are nowhere near as bad as our neighbors across the street or further into Bellevue. People have been evacuated where necessary and the rest of us are just sitting things out and getting organized for a major clean-up once the rain storms stop.
Our home is available for anyone local who needs somewhere to stay overnight.
Some photographs along our street from yesterday and today can be found at our family blog http://jocarhansenfamily.blogspot.com/
It's been about 1928 since the flooding has been this bad but as our neighbor Betty said "the rain will stop at some point and the sun will come out" :)