Heavy rainstorms on Sunday caused major flooding throughout Williamson County and the surrounding area, and the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is asking residents to be cautious on the roads and report any property damage from the storms.
National Weather Service Nashville issued a flash flood warning for the Franklin and Brentwood areas until 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, but Nolensville's warning extended until 3:30 p.m. Williamson County's flash flood watch was issued until 7 p.m.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect until 7 PM— NWS Nashville (@NWSNashville) September 13, 2020
Thunderstorms training over the same locations may lead to flash flooding now thru the afternoon. 1 to 3 inches are expected in the "watch area", with localized amounts of 4+" possible.
Turn around, don't drown! Use #tSpotter for reports. pic.twitter.com/IY9Xp6U9Xa
As of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, the county EMA reported the following road closures:
• Derryberry Lane in Spring Hill
• Brittain Lane in Nolensville
• Patton Road/Cox Road in Arrington
Additionally, the city of Brentwood shared on its social media at 11:30 a.m., with an update at 1:40 p.m., that Concord Road at the other end of Bluff Road was closed due to flooding.
The town of Nolensville also shared on social media that "the bridge over Mill Creek on Brittain Lane has sustained damage from flooding."
By 3 p.m., a total of 26 roads in the county were closed due to flooding, and EMA had conducted three water rescues from Nolensville and the unincorporated county. County EMA External Affairs Officer Hannah Bleam said more calls were made for water rescue, but those callers didn't end up needing to be rescued after all.
Bleam said weather and flooding is unpredictable, and while some roads may take an hour to clear, others may take several hours. She encouraged residents to continue to check the Williamson County EMA website for current road closures.
EMA is also collecting information on its website from residents who have experienced property damage from the storms.
Did your property receive damage from the flooding today? Residents can report damage through the established online damage survey: https://t.co/ufaE9ghDQD— Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (@WCTNEMA) September 13, 2020
*This survey is not intended to trigger an immediate response. If you are in immediate danger please dial 9-1-1*
EMA reminded drivers to turn around when they reach a flooded road rather than driving through the standing water. Additionally, residents should call 911 immediately if they or their vehicle is stuck in water.
At 1:10 p.m., the Franklin Police Department shared on social media that several accidents occurred on Interstate 65, both northbound and southbound, between Murfreesboro Road and Goose Creek Bypass due to ponding water. The department asked drivers to reduce their speeds to below the speed limit in this area.
Ponding water on I-65 between Murfreesboro Rd & the Goose Creek Bypass has caused several crashes today in both the north & southbound lanes.— Franklin Police Dept (@FranklinTNPD) September 13, 2020
Reduce speed to below the 70 MPH limit when traveling through this area during today’s wet weather. #SlowYourRoll Franklin :) pic.twitter.com/GhKBJtbzA1
For more information on road closures or to report property damage due to the storm in Williamson County, visit williamsonready.org/261/Storm-Impacts.