Thursday, August 8, 2013

Flash Flooding Hits Madison, Briley Parkway

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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  • Emily Kubis
As evidence of the flash flooding that struck Middle Tennessee overnight, The City Paper's Emily Kubis took this photo of a church and strip mall knocked off its foundation at the corner of Webster Street and Gallatin Pike in Madison. The Associated Press, via the CP, has more on the damage across the city:

Nashville firefighters waded waist-deep water to lead some residents of Parkwood Villa Apartments, along Ewing Creek, to higher ground. Video shown by WTVF-TV showed other residents sitting on second-story balconies.

In the area of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, traffic was stopped by high water on Briley Parkway for a time.

The water began receding as the rain moved east, out of the metro area.

Estimates of more than 5 inches of rain were common from the center of the city northeastward across the Madison neighborhood.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Davidson County until 11:45 a.m. Another angle on the damage below.

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  • Emily Kubis

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Kubis has filed a CP story on the salon and church pictured above:

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.

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