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. A Southerner

    Notiicing a lot of comments regarding CNN covering the flooding I have to say they are covering it. Maybe not as extensive as some think, but covering it just the same. Ya'll have to conisider reporters and their equipment can't get diown into the heart of things for the same reasons that are tearing up things–water.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. A Southerner

    Mind I am not totally defending CNN but use a little common sense and logic, they are humans and are paid to report not sacrifice their lives to do so.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robin Best

    I live in Bellevue area of Nashville which was hit first with the flooding. We, too, are under water and were without power for two days. My family is OK, but so many more of our neighbors did not do nearly as well; In this community thousands of people are without homes and are only beginning to be able to travel out of their neighborhoods. One of our neighbors joked they were waiting to be voted off the island! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people at Publix grocery on Highway 100. They stayed open using generators, even when the road in front of the store was flooded ( people who were stranded across the street were using canoes to get to the store although people on the other side could get into the lot by car if they lived nearby- the roads in all directions were closed) Not only did the Publix drivers persevere to find a way to us, but the management of the store let anyone who could get there charge their phones and laptops- people were camped out all over the store, inside and out,desperate to let their families know they were alright. They even gave us water and ice cream! I would like to thank all of our friends and co-workers who called and left messages of concern. We couldn't call you back right away because we had used our batteries up calling family, but we deeply appreciate that you were concerned. Our life will get back to some kind of normal today, but just minutes away there are people whose lives are changed forever.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. A Southerner

    The extent this weather, in several states. all at the same time and a combination of tornados with down pours and hail and then the flooding . . . . If you were a reporter just how far would you go to report what is happening.?
    Nature is venting it's rage and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Think of all those who have lost famiy, friends, property, livelihoods. The road to recovery is going to be a very loooong one. Many will never be able to recover.

    In an earlier story one CNN reporter almost became a victim because of her car stalling in flood waters. You may have read about it. They are on the job as best can be. For those who are not from those areas, be thankful you are not.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. A Southerner

    If you any readers haven't done so, click on all the links in the article and see what's going on in the photos and videos.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fairweather Farm, Loudon TN (East TN)

    One area of need that has VERY LITTLE MEDIA COVERAGE is the issue of rescue of large animals. They're the LAST to be rescued and efforts are usually poorly organized and poorly publicized. While people and small animals are rescued as quickly as possible, unfortunately large animals won't be rescued for days which is deadly for them.

    They are usually in need of experience volunteers, medical supplies such as penicillan & other horse & cow antibiotics, halters & leadropes, hay & feed, and shelter.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. NashRes

    I am in Nashville, I have NEVER seen anything like this, ever. People are dead, people are homeless, people are without power and the emergency crews have been amazing. The strength of the neighborhoods pulling together is inspiring. We are relying on ourselves and each other. Mr. Obama, you dislike red states, is that the problem you are having, if so, grow up. WE NEED HELP HERE! I do realize that CNN can not cover our disaster as it should be, yet, this is not a nonchalant story. This is news and this is life, cover it.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tennessee Resident

    CNN, I've been a loyal follower for years. But, I am completely dismayed by your lack of coverage on what is happening here. Had this been anywhere else, I'm sure you would have been all over the story.

    Get your reporters here NOW!

    May 4, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Son of TN

    Gotta stop being a red state if you want to matter to Obama OR CNN

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jonathan in Nashville

    I agree with most of the people above. This is one of the biggest natural disasters I can remember because of the size and scale, and that's not because I live here. From tornadoes in Arkansas, to flooding in Nashville, Jackson, Memphis, Kentucky, and many more, it will take months if not years to recover. The loss of life and economic impact are staggering. I understand that an terrorist attack, that almost happened, is important, but this is an ongoing tragic event unfolding by the minute. Our towns need aid and help, and it is the media's responsibility to get this information out the public.

    One very important thing – many people didn't have flood insurance because they didn't live in a "flood plain." Residents will need much aid in the coming days and weeks. Please donate through the Red Cross, or any other well know charity. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or donate directly through their website. Thank you everyone!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    So major flooding. Where is the fed response. Obama has yet to even mention one word about this. What about our state and local authorities. No National Guard activated as of yet. So many were down on Bush and his slow response to Katrina but no work yet on Obama and his no response to this.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nashville born/raised

    I have been al ife long resident of Middle TN and have never witnessed flooding of this magnitude. I would also like to say I agree that the news coverage of this event has been lacking to say the least. Although the local channels should be commended for thier continuous and informative coverage. The major networks and cable news channels apparently do not have the foresight to see how far reaching this disaster is... Three of the main Interstates that connect this country have been closed off and on several different times over a period of three days : would one not think this will cause a ripple effect through the country as goods sit on the side of the road? In my opionion this disaster is more far reaching than some idiot who planted a bomb that didn't work. On the other hand being a true southerner we really don't want a bunch of slow thinking Yankees down here trying to help us out do we ?

    May 4, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. BS

    I live in Nashville...The area I live in was lucky to not get harm from any flooding...In hate to seen this wonderful town and its people under water....But a for ever saying CNN not covering it..What do u want them to do risk their lives to come and show all of the water.....No that is disrespect of many of nashville residents, you see how bad it is..You dont want someone to come out here and do all the coverage, Im sure they will come out after the water goes down to show all of the damage....
    As for the president, give him time (not defending him in anyway) but it takes time everyone knows that....
    One again I do not mean to be mean at all..But instead of complaining about no one helping..We should do something, get water for those who will need it, go through you clothes you never wear and give them to a family who lost theirs.....and keep them in your prayers and pray that they will get the help they need.....And make tell the insurance companies to lower their rate on flood insurance......
    Once again sorry to offend anyone...This is horrible what happen and yes, Nashville and surround areas deserve the coverage that many other have gotten.....But just give it time until the water goes down..Then if no one shows what the aftermath is then we shall complain and prove that we all should get equal amounts of hard earn tax paying dollars..

    May 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Raquel

    I feel for all the people affected in Tennessee by the flooding, the people here in Louisiana can attest to the force of water and the destruction it can cause. Good luck to all of you, especially when you will start having to deal with FEMA. It will be hard for awhile, our prayers are with you all. God Bless!!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LS in Music City

    Gosh, what is it with this Nation....We have a Katrina level disaster here in music city...everyone is more interested in oil slicks and car bombs. Thanks

    May 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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