More rain pushes through after morning flash floods damage homes, businesses

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:42pm
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Floodwaters from a bordering creek caused the northwest portion of this Madison strip mall to float off of its foundation. (Emily Kubis/SouthComm)


Nashville homes and businesses suffered flood damage after heavy rain early Thursday morning, but only one minor injury has been reported.

A flash flood warning was issued around 5 a.m. after severe overnight thunderstorms. Officials with the Nashville Fire Department reported 35 calls for assistance beginning around 4:30 a.m.

The flash flood warning for Davidson, Wilson, Robertson, Sumner and Trousdale counties was extended until 3 p.m. Thursday as more slow moving storms pass through the region. The National Weather Service said the midday storms could bring another 1 to 3 inches on top of the 3 to 7 inches that fell earlier across Middle Tennessee.

Thursday morning, areas in North Nashville reported standing water on roadways, and several people were trapped in cars and homes, with the most damage reported in the Bordeaux and Madison areas.

One person was transported to the emergency room with a foot injury, but there have been no reported fatalities, according to fire department officials.

In Madison, a creek moved a structure housing a hair salon and church off of its foundation, causing damage throughout a small retail area.

The creek is usually dry, said church members and business patrons that gathered on Thursday morning to clear the debris.

Edwin Chavez, whose mother owns the Salon Latijera, said the structure moved “like a boat” once the floodwaters flowed through the foundation.

“We’re done,” said Julio Soto, whose family owns the bakery, taco stand and tax return office housed in the nearby strip mall. His family would discuss their next move, he said, but Soto doubted they would return to the currently flooded facilities.

Soto said during the 2010 flood, the water rose outside the structure to a height of about six inches. This morning, he said, it was nearly two feet.

Church services for the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal La Roca will likely be held in a home until a new space can be rented, said member Maria Lema.