Nashville Flooding Turns Deadly in Tennessee

May 2, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Screenshot of a Tennessee Department of Transportation Smartmap of Nashville, Tennessee at 7:15pm EDT Sunday. The blue lines represent flooding throughout the city. (Screenshot from of a Tennessee Department of Transportation website)
Screenshot of a Tennessee Department of Transportation Smartmap of Nashville, Tennessee at 7:15pm EDT Sunday. The blue lines represent flooding throughout the city. (Screenshot from of a Tennessee Department of Transportation website)
Flooding continued on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, after heavy rains caused deadly flooding on Saturday. At least five people were killed in the Tennessee flooding, and roads have been closed and bus service suspended. At Nashville Airport, all incoming and outgoing flights by Southwest Airlines have been canceled.

The weather service estimated that eight to ten inches of rain fell on Saturday. The Metro Emergency Management Agency asked all Nashville residents to stay off the roads. A shelter was set up at Lipscomb University for those whose homes were flooded or who could not reach their homes. More shelters may open in the area, authorities say.

"This is one of the most severe rain events Nashville has ever experienced," Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said in a statement.

The Harpeth River crested at 26 feet on Saturday, breaking a record set in 1948. It was predicted to reach 36 feet by Sunday night. In addition to the Nashville flooding, Mill Creek near Antioch, Tenn. also had record flooding, according to the weather service.

For a list of recent road closures, see the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) road conditions site dedicated to the topic HERE .