May 3rd, 2010
06:59 PM ET

iReport: Stories from the floods in the South

iReporter Caroline Parker went to a pedestrian bridge in Nashville, Tennessee, to observe the flooding in the city.

A system of rain and thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes continued to pound the Southeast on Monday, leaving at least 19 dead in its wake and displacing or stranding thousands of people. Below are some iReports from some of the affected areas.

Burnsville, Mississippi:

Audie Osborn interviewed sons Sam and Jeremy about witnessing a family of four being rescued from a flooded road.

Antioch, Tennessee:

– Brionna Watson took this video of a putting golf facility under a few feet of water. She says families have been asked to limit their water usage.

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Clarksville, Tennessee:

– Teresa Steele shot photos of high river water, flooded buildings and a submerged gas station.

Columbia, Tennessee:

– Jason Franks took this photo of a truck tipped to the side and stuck on a flooded road with its headlights still on.

Franklin, Tennessee:

Jeannie Wright snapped this picture of a car filled with water in a flooded apartment complex parking lot.

Lexington, Tennessee:

– John Ellis has been providing ongoing updates of flood levels and efforts to repair damage. He sent this video of water swirling around like the bottom of a drain.

Nashville, Tennessee:

– Sandy Rochelle photographed a beauty store that emptied its chairs into a parking lot to save them.

– Roscoe Shelton, Jr., shot this video of a house demolished by flooding. He says the family was still inside the house when the video was shot.

– Caroline Parker ventured to a pedestrian bridge overlooking downtown Nashville to take photos of buildings submerged in several feet of water. She said the water made driving tricky.

– Truck driver Glen Hapeman sent a picture of himself standing on a floating piece of debris in a truck stop parking lot.

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. AS, Nashvillian in New York City

    As a native Nashvillian who lives in NYC, I am less concerned about the the implications of a failed car bomb than I am the devastation and destruction of an entire city and surrounding areas. This looks to be a Katrina-level disaster that will take years to recover from; tourism, a mainstay in the Nashville economy, has been extremely damaged by the flooding of downtown and historical landmarks like the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, etc. The damage is incredible and far-reaching. Those who lost businesses and homes, those who lost jobs as a result of destroyed businesses, who had no flood insurance (because they don't live on a flood plain) need the help and awareness of the American people. WE NEED HELP NOW!

    I feel like major networks have put my hometown disaster in 3rd place behind the other two major topics (car bomb, oil slick). To ignore this situation will have an even more catastrophic result to an already devastating disaster. To donate, please visit http://www.redcross.org or text "REDCROSS" to 90999.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Teri Miller

    What's going on in Murfreesboro? I have family there and cannot reach them. Any info would be appreciated.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Elizabeth

    As a fellow Tennesseean, I am devastated by the disaster in Nashville. My thoughts and prayers are with my friends & family in the area...

    May 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tennessee person

    To the dummy that said that you have we have to stop being a red state if we want to matter to Obama OR CNN, Fox news isn't covering Nashville either.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Elizabeth

    And for the record, I think this is such a critical time for our state to pull together. It doesn't matter if you vote red or blue or if you like Obama or not – and we should be SO lucky to have 'Yankees' down here helping us. Let's put our difference aside and pull together!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tennessee person

    copy and paste fail =(

    May 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Southeren

    To Tennessee person, whomever made the comment about a red state is a real brain damged butt head. I haven't see Fox anything and I will never watch Fox anything ever. There is a Fox TV station here in Columbia SC, I will do my best to let them know what they really are. CNN could cover things a little more extensive, but as I mentioned earlier, they can do only so much and they are covering things–to a point. If the southeast mattered ovmit he and congress would have made it apparent, they have not and that just inflames my hatred for all government, especially Federal government.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Karen

    If lawlessness, looting and rioting broke out here in Nashville, I feel sure the national media would be here in a heartbeat. Thankfully, that is not likely to happen. Neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers...that's not as newsworthy but that is the Tennessee way. They don't call us the Volunteer State for nothing. But, come on CNN, this is a huge story taking a huge personal and financial toll! And we could use some help.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. allisnotwellTN

    cnn is stupid. that is why their rating are in the toilet. how about you cover real news and not Britney spears kid's birthday.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
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