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The parents of the 2-year-old boy who died in a flash flood at Cummins Falls State Park last month have started the process to sue the state of Tennessee for negligence.

Their lawsuit, WPLN has learned, will address a key question that's also being asked by lawmakers and the state government: Why was a flood warning system that was announced two years ago not in place when Steven Pierce was swept away?

Nashville greenway
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Six of Nashville’s greenways remain flooded and partially closed to joggers and bicyclists.

With more rain coming, officials say they could stay that way for a while.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Interstate 24 is slated to reopen Wednesday at 9 p.m. in northwest Davidson County, about a day ahead of schedule.

The Department of Transportation rushed to create temporary lanes following a massive mudslide last month.

Wolf Creek Dam discharge
Courtesy / Army Corps of Engineers

After record-setting rainfall, authorities say it will take several weeks to return Tennessee’s lakes and rivers to their normal levels.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Updated 10:00 a.m.

Still have 2,700 people without power in Cumberland Electric's service area, mostly concentrated in Montgomery and Stewart counties.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Drivers were left stranded, mobile homes were swept off their foundations and numerous other property owners suffered damage after flash flooding swept through parts of Sumner County early Friday morning.

Early reports say as much as 7 inches of rain fell in under two hours, causing roadways to become rivers. The rainfall hit just as rush hour was beginning, surprising motorists and trapping three school buses. Rescuers reached the children with rafts and took them to safety.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Calvin Gooch surveys the damage to his house with a contractor.

Gooch heard the floodwater rising fast around 4 a.m. Thursday — all around the home near North Nashville's Ewing Creek that he shares with his wife and 4-year-old granddaughter.

Clayton Sneed / via @RobCoSevereWX

After as much as 8 inches of rain fell in parts of the Nashville area overnight, state officials declared a State of Emergency.

Swift water rescues were performed in Stewart, Sumner and Robertson counties. First responders report water inundating homes and roadways. Emergency management agencies also report downed trees and impassable roads in Davidson, Montgomery and Trousdale counties.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s water department is trying a new kind of outsourcing. Maintenance of a three-mile levee around MetroCenter has been handed over to a herd of goats.