Early Thursday morning, residents of Memphis, Tennessee had the misfortune of dealing with crippling flash flood conditions. This flash flood called first responders to action, as water rescues began early in the morning. There was even the need for an evacuation of an entire neighborhood that is located north of the downtown area.
Homes that were to the north of the city were completely engulfed by the flood waters, prompting the Memphis Fire Department to begin bringing out boats to complete rescues for residents that were trapped in their homes or cars. According to the Commercial Appeal, boat rescues started at about 7:30 this morning and were finished by 8:50. Luckily, no injuries from the flash flooding have been reported thus far.
Many local roads were completely flooded out and it stranded motorists and their cars throughout the Memphis metro area. A local news representative reported that at least 13 cars were trapped in areas of high water on N Parkway and Ayers street in the downtown area. The station also reported that there was a van full of children and a school bus that was full of students that were both stuck in the high rising waters, but thankfully those vehicles are no longer stranded.
Due to the roads being completely washed out from the high water, many became closed. The worst of the flooding occurred when a creek had busted its banks and flooded all of the lanes on Germantown Road at U.S 70. A Lieutenant with the Memphis Fire Department urged residents to avoid leaving their homes if they didn’t have to, and to be very cautious when approaching standing water, as it can be contaminated, and it also takes only a small amount of rushing water to carry away a car, or even worse, a person.
The school district that is located in Shelby County also issued a statement that urged parents to use extreme caution while traveling to and from the schools in the morning, adding that if need be, they would excuse students due to the weather related issues.
The National Weather Service also issued a flash flood emergency for the counties of Fayette and Shelby in Tennessee after the radar estimated that about 4 to 6 inches of rain had been dumped across that region during a three hour time period earlier on Thursday morning.
What brought this onset of torrential rains was a cold front that made its way into the region in the early morning hours on Thursday. These severe thunderstorms continued to develop over the same areas around the Memphis region, resulting in continuous heavy rain. The rainfall rates in the area were at about one to two inches per hour, and this was just north of Memphis.
But there is good news for the residents of Memphis, and that is that the heavy rain will end on Thursday. The risk for heavy thunderstorms will continue throughout Friday with drier conditions expected for the weekend.
If you have sustained flood damage to your property, call the Memphis Restoration Pros.