USA – Flash Floods in Tennessee After Record Rain

At least one person has died in flash flooding in Tennessee after a storm system brought record-breaking rain to the Nashville area.

National Weather Service Nashville reported around 40 instances of flash flooding in Wilson, Davidson, Dickson and Cheatham County, where one person reportedly died in flood water from the overflowing Pond Creek near Pegram. Roads and schools have been closed in affected areas.

Nashville recorded 4.00 inches / 101.6mm of rain on Wednesday, 06 February, 2019. This breaks the daily rainfall record for 06 February, which was 1.73 inches / 43.94mm set in 1884. It also exceeds the normal monthly rainfall for February, which is 3.94 inches / 100 mm.

NWS Nashville said via Social Media, “Just how rare is a 4″ rain in Nashville? Consider that in 149 years of record keeping, yesterday was just the 21st time Nashville has measured 4″ of rain in a single day. In other words, what happened yesterday occurs on average once every 7 years.”

The Harpeth River near Kingston Springs reached 24.68 feet early on 07 February, just under the moderate flood stage of 25 feet.

Harpeth River near Kingston Springs. Image: NWS