Flash floods around Nashville left at least four people dead after more than 7 inches of rain hit the city over the weekend.
The Nashville Fire Department said Sunday that it had rescued 130 people from cars and homes, and swift-water rescue crews were continuing to respond to emergency calls. That included 15 people from an apartment building that was structurally compromised by a mudslide. Teams also rescued 40 dogs from Camp Bow Wow, a local pet boarding and daycare site.
In all, 71 people were taken to hospitals.
According to police, a 70-year-old man was found dead inside a submerged car Sunday morning. A 65-year-old man was found dead, and it appeared that he had been swept away by water after getting out of his car when it ran off a flooded road, police said.
A man, 64, and a woman, 46, were later found dead near a homeless camp that had flooded from Seven Mile Creek.
"That is shocking, and we send our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who died," Mayor John Cooper said at a press conference Sunday.
Local officials would continue canvassing creek beds, and the Red Cross was also joining efforts to help vulnerable communities, including unhoused people, he added.
The official rainfall tally for the storm, which began Saturday night, was 7.01 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Cooper said it was the second-highest rainfall over 48 hours in Nashville history.
Although the storm had passed by Sunday morning, forecasters expected some creeks and rivers to continue to rise throughout the day. Authorities urged drivers to stay clear of flooded roads.