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Harpeth River overflows banks as flood advisory is extended through Monday morning


Harpeth River overflows banks as flood advisory is extended through Monday morning

PHOTO: The flooded Eastern Flank Battle Field canoe launch parking lot on Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2018/ Photo by Brooke Wanser

By BROOKE WANSER

On Sunday, the National Weather Service extended a flood warning for municipalities near the Harpeth River until Monday, February 12 at 8 a.m.

NWS originally issued the warning for Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. However, after more than three inches of rain, the warning was continued for Kingston Springs and Cheatham County, Bellevue, and Williamson and Davidson counties.

The National Weather Service reported that river “stage” in Bellevue was 16.3 feet at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Flood stage is 20 feet. With the ending of precipitation, meteorologists predict the river will fall to around 13.6 feet by tomorrow morning.

Mill Creek in Nolensville hit flood stage last week. On Sunday it stayed at 10 feet, just a foot short of its 11 foot flood stage.

In Franklin, Pinkerton Park and Eastern Flank Battle Field Park were closed on Sunday as the city of Franklin urged citizens to use caution around the Harpeth River.

Along Lewisburg Pike on Sunday afternoon, the Harpeth flooded its banks, reaching the roads at some points. Lieutenant Charles Warner, spokesman for the Franklin Police, reported on Twitter that Lewisburg was closed between Carriage Park and Polk Place and between Third Avenue from North Margin Street to Fourth Avenue.

“Never drive through water. #TurnAroundDontDrown,” Warner tweeted.

As the rain ends, the temperatures will drop Sunday night into the low 30s. Tomorrow is expected to be in the 40s.

Low-lying areas around Lewisburg Pike flooded on Sunday afternoon/Photo by Brooke Wanser
Photo by Brooke Wanser
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A man walking his dog takes in the view of the rapidly moving river and the still backwater in the flood pond. / Photo by Mark Cook
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The river inundated the trail behind Chestnut Bend. / Photo by Mark Cook
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A flood control pond near Third Avenue was functioning well on Sunday. / Photo by Mark Cook

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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