May 5, 2010 5:09 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
City officials in Nashville are reporting progress restoring the city's electrical and water systems after a devastating flood. But the city's downtown remains dark, and homes are water-logged.
The flooding was caused by storms that are blamed for at least 29 deaths in three states. The flash floods are linked to the deaths of at least 18 people in Tennessee alone, including nine in Nashville. Other deaths from the weekend storms were reported in Kentucky and Mississippi. The Cumberland River, which winds through the heart of the city, spilled over its banks as Nashville received more than 13 inches of pounding rain over the weekend. The Cumberland continues to recede.
The National Weather Service says the water level in the city has fallen about three feet from its crest of 12 feet above flood stage on Sunday night. The city is trying to get one of its two water treatment plants back on line, but officials are urging residents to keep conserving water.