Last week’s record flooding rains left most of the streets of Nashville, TN underwater. Now, a week later, conditions are beginning to improve; however, many roads are still closed, causing ongoing trouble for residential and commercial traffic in the area.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has declared 52 of the state’s 95 counties to be disaster areas, making the affected area eligible for federal emergency assistance, a move backed by President Obama. Davidson County, in which the city of Nashville is located, is finally beginning to reopen some streets and highways thanks to this aid.
The flooded streets of Nashville have been a major headache for drivers in the area since last week’s storms, although no long-term damage to the city’s traffic infrastructure are likely. As more streets become passable, fleet operations and other commercial traffic within Nashville should return to normal fairly smoothly. For now, some major roads such as portions of Interstate 24 and Vietnam Veterans Boulevard remain closed.
The Cumberland River, the main source of the flooding, is expected to fall below its 40-foot flood state today, allowing real cleanup and repairs to begin in a wider area.
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