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Middle TN rivers, creeks approach flood levels; flood advisory issued until 5 p.m.

1:14 PM, Apr 28, 2013   |    comments
A driver hands his child over to a Good Samaritan who drove into the waters of Mill Creek that had overflowed onto Old Glenrose after his vehicle had become stuck in the flood waters on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Waters continue to recede around Mill Creek as the rain subsided on Sunday. / Larry McCormack / The Tennessean
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A flood advisory has been issued until 5 p.m. for Mill Creek near Woodbine, Harpeth River near Kingston Springs, the Cumberland River at Omohundro Water Plant and Stones River near Donelson.

Significant rainfall last night and upstream flow has caused many creeks and rivers to rise but remain below flood stage.

In the past 24 hours, Davidson County has seen 3-4 inches of rain and as much as 5 inches near Clarksville.

There were several reports Saturday of some area creeks and rivers flooding roads and encroaching upon homes that sit in low line areas.

Mill Creek near the city of Nolensville, reached flood stage at 13.2 feet by 2 p.m. Saturday and peaked to 17 feet overnight, said Larry Vannozzi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville. It has since receded to 13 feet, he said.

Many roads along the Davidson-Williamson County line have since reopened.
In the Clarksville area, the Red River near Port Royal, is 5 feet about flood stage at 35 feet. The Cumberland River at Clarksville is rising slowing and is at flood stage at 46 feet.

"A lot of the rivers had very significant rises overnight because of heavy rains, but in general we are below flood stage," said Vannozzi.

For the Nashville area, there is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday and part of the activity will stay east of I-65.

But local meteorologists advise this weekend's rainfall is not on the scale of the major flooding in May 2010 when the Nashville area received a foot to 20 inches of rain within 36 hours.

"These rains were very heavy, but just did not accumulate as much as we saw in May 2010," said Vannozzi.

"The 2010 flood does make people pay a lot more attention to any heavy rain event. This is the time of year where we get weather and it's important to pay attention and stay up on the latest forecast."

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