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Hundreds of people had been rescued by boat and canoe from their flooded homes over the past few days. Those rescue operations were winding down in Nashville on Tuesday, though emergency management officials were checking a report of a house floating in a northern neighborhood, trying to determine if anyone was in it.
It remained unclear how many — if any — people were missing in Tennessee. Authorities in southcentral Kentucky searched Tuesday for a kayaker who was last seen Monday afternoon in the swollen Green River.
"Those in houses that have been flooded and some of those more remote areas, do we suspect we will find more people? Probably so," Nashville Fire Chief Kim Lawson said. "We certainly hope that it's not a large number." (1)
We posted several Nashville flooding pictures and videos yesterday, but this gorgeous, artfully made montage is so moving that it deserves your attention — (2)
In Nashville, which had its third-rainiest day ever on Saturday, followed by record-breaking rainfall on Sunday, life has been turned upside down. Nothing can be stranger than, in the midst of chaos and tragedy, finding a building floating past dozens of abandoned cars on an interstate:
As if that wasn't odd enough, WKRN in Nashville ran this video piece, in which a reporter said that piranhas had escaped from their aquarium and were at large, swimming the inundated halls of the Opry Mills Mall.
The Opry Mills Mall is a pretty big place, and it's just been humbled -- like much of the Nashville area -- by the swollen Cumberland River: Link
Tennessee officials have confirmed a flood death in Memphis, bringing the state's toll from last weekend's storms to 20. The national toll is 30.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said Thursday that the Cumberland River has dipped below flood stage a day earlier than expected, falling to 39.5 feet. But recovery could take weeks, especially in the city's iconic country music and tourism industry. Damage is estimated at more than $1 billion. And the worst may not be over: Rural western Kentucky was bracing for what could be its worst flooding in 200 years.
An additional 10 people were killed in storms in Kentucky and Mississippi. Authorities are searching for at least four more people missing in Tennessee and Kentucky. Link
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Coast Guard is warning that some rural parts of Kentucky are about to be inundated by the worst flooding in 200 years.
Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Jessee, chief of waterways management with the marine safety unit in Paducah, said rising waters would reach their highest levels by the weekend.
Seventy-three counties in Kentucky have declared states of emergency due to the flooding, and teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived Thursday to begin assessing the damage.
Jessee said the Coast Guard has banned recreational boating on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers as well as Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley due to hazardous conditions.
Meanwhile, officials continue to search swift-moving, debris-filled rivers for two missing kayakers. Link