Flooding of unprecedented proportions over the past few days has wrought havoc on Nashville and surrounding areas of Tennessee and Mississippi.
Fifteen people have died, and more rain has been recorded in the past 24 hours than has ever fallen in Nashville. While news pictures and footage tell a story, the clip below (via Mashable) paints a much more compelling picture of the devastation in the area. The American Red Cross reports that 800 people have been temporarily placed in about 20 shelters, and a CNN iReporter commented on the conditions in and around Nashville:
“You can’t take showers. You can’t flush your toilets,” Ellis said.
“It’s just a crazy, crazy last two days,” he said. “I think people are just worn out emotionally.”
The National Weather Service has also confirmed that two tornadoes have touched down in the area:
One tornado touched down in Benton and Tippah counties in Mississippi and Hardeman County in Tennessee, the weather service said.
That tornado caused two fatalities and a critical injury when a double-wide mobile home was destroyed east of Ashland, Mississippi, the weather service said.
The tornado also killed a person in Pocahontas, Tennessee, when a single-wide trailer was demolished, the weather agency said.