Cumberland expected to crest at 51 feet today; courts, buses closed

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:49am
Staff reports

While the believed death toll from flooding in Nashville remained unchanged overnight Sunday, the Cumberland River is expected to crest at 51.5 feet Monday. 

The Mayor’s Office reported no additional fatalities have been confirmed, and the number of dead remains at five in Davidson County. With the closing of the K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant due to flooding, Metro Water Services ordered citizens to use water for drinking and food preparation only, adding that the water supply is safe.

On Sunday, officials recovered a body near Bell Road and Blue Hole Road, two bodies were found in a flooded house on Del Ray Drive, and two more bodies were pulled from a vehicle found upside down in standing water on Sawyer Brown Road.

Teams from the Metro Codes and Building Safety, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Assessor of Property’s Office will begin assessing damaged buildings Monday, while Public Works and Water Services will assess the city’s transportation and waterway systems.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority suspended all bus service through Monday because of flooding at its Nestor Street headquarters.

Davidson County Trial Courts, General Sessions Courts and all Court Clerk Offices are closed Monday. Juvenile Court was open for preliminary hearings and detention dockets.