WESTMORELAND, Tenn. – Portions of Sumner County were severely flooded as heavy rains moved across the area.
A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for the area. A severe thunderstorm moved through the area overnight, dumping 3-6 inches of rain in a short period of time.
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Numerous water rescues were reported in the area, including at least three incidents involving school buses.
Jeremy Johnson with Sumner County Schools said most of their schools are located in higher elevations, so they continued with their schedule for the day.
However, a few buses were briefly stranded on roads due to the rising waters.
Students from one of the buses had to be evacuated, while others waited for the water to recede. When asked if students were in any danger, Johnson said “no, absolutely not.”
All students were said to be safe.
In an interview with NewsChannel 5, Sheriff Weather said there were three rescue teams deployed to assist residents. Crews from Fort Campbell and Williamson County also volunteered to help.
However, he emphasized that flooding continued to be a problem most of the morning.
“Any low-lying area near running creeks is going to be flooded,” he said. “If you don’t have to get out, we’re asking people to stay home.”
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Weatherford also confirmed two people were rescued from a trailer on Cummins Lane and Upper Station Road.