Nashville death toll stands at six

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 1:24pm

The number of deaths believed caused by flooding in Davidson County is now at six.

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said at a news conference Monday morning that two bodies were found in a home, two in an overturned vehicle and two more in the street and a backyard.

Robert Woods, 74, was found dead near West Hamilton Avenue after being swept from his yard. The body of Joshua Landtroop, 21, was recovered Sunday near Blue Hole Road and Bell Road. Andrew J. England, 78, and Martha England, 80, were found dead Sunday evening inside their home at 908 Delray Drive.

The bodies of Joseph Formosa, 88, and Bessie Formosa, 78, were found on Sawyer Brown Road in an overturned vehicle after they apparently tried to drive through moving water.

No final rulings on the official causes of death will be made for the next several days, Serpas said.

Two men were still missing after they disappeared Sunday evening while they were rafting the flooded Mill Creek on inner tubes. Another man who was with them was rescued.

The police chief said operations are operating normally with about 20 or 30 calls pending at a time. Officers’ response time is averaging one minute or less on 911 calls and three minutes or less on 862-8600.

Officers are working at 48 different road closures, and that number continues to fluctuate.

The chief continued to stress the need for people to stay home and off of the streets.

Police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said there have been no incidents of looting in Nashville, and earlier reports of looting at the Farmer’s Market and the Dollar General store across the street were unfounded.

At the market, reports of looting turned out to be vendors trying to save their goods, and at the Dollar General, flood damage broke windows causing items to float out of the store.

Mumford said people appear to be heeding the pleas of Metro to stay home and off the streets.