Heavy downpours swelled creeks and inundated low-lying areas around Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, leading dozens of roads to become impassable.
Nearly 50 roads were at least partially under water in Williamson County (see an updated list here) — more than emergency personnel could even block off.
"Whether there's a cone in front of it or not, whether there's a sheriff's department officer blocking the road or not, don't pass the road," says Williamson County EMA spokesperson Healther Bleam.
At least a half-dozen roads in Rutherford County also closed or became impassable, according to emergency responders (who are keeping a running list here).
Numerous roadways around Rutherford County are closed due to high waters, including this one on Kedron Church Rd near Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna. pic.twitter.com/jaqYqrYtJ3
— Armondo Moralez (@ArmondoWKRN) February 20, 2019
Davidson County emergency responders closed six roads, mostly in South Nashville.
There have been remarkably few swift water rescues, but one in Davidson County did expose how deceiving the high water can be. WSMV reported two stranded cars near Nolensville Road. The fire truck that went in after them ended up stalling out too, forcing a second truck to come and assist.
The unseasonably heavy rainfall led several school districts to release students early Wednesday afternoon, including in Rutherford and Williamson counties. Metro Nasvhille Public Schools cancelled all after-school activities.
This storm system is moving east, but more rain is predicted this weekend, which may make this the wettest February on record.
#Nashville received 0.78" of rain yesterday, which brings the February monthly total so far to 9.10". February 2019 is now the 7th wettest February on record, with a lot more rain to come #tnwx pic.twitter.com/kRXTDPB1zo
— NWS Nashville (@NWSNashville) February 20, 2019
Emergency officials say they will continue to monitor flashflooding and barricade roads as needed. But they do not expect severe flooding to occur.