Middle Tennessee saw a record amount of rainfall over the weekend.
The Nashville International Airport recorded 7.25 inches of rain Sunday. Murfreesboro recorded 5.08 inches. Both broke the previous records with Nashville shattering the mark of 1.69 inches set in 1922.
“More important, May 2’s historic rain breaks the record for most rain in a single calendar day in the city’s history. The previous record was 6.60 inches set on Sept. 13, 1979,” explained Bobby Boyd, meteorologist from Nashville’s National Weather Service office.
Murfreesboro’s more than 5 inches comes in at 8th on the all-time most rain in a day list. Displacing exactly 5 inches recorded Jan. 1, 1919. The most rain recorded in a day in Murfreesboro was 8.13 inches on Sept. 4, 1986.
All the water closed around 40 roads in Rutherford County with most of the flooding occurring in La Vergna and Smyrna, said Tim Hooker, assistant director of Rutherford County's Emergency Management Agency.
Jefferson Pike between Smyrna and Murfreesboro currently is blocked by water, as are parts of Old Barfield Road and Old Almaville Road.
Murfreesboro Traffic Engineer Ram Balachandran said things weren’t as bad over the weekend in Murfreesboro. Only a few roads in town saw flooding, including Mason Pike and Fortress Drive. Some high water was reported near MTSU.
All the closed roads forced Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City schools to cancel classes Monday.
MTSU also rescheduled Monday finals for Friday.
About 60 residents were evacuated from Smyrna’s Maplewood Manor mobile home park. And shelters are open at La Vergne's multipurpose building behind City Hall, Miracle and First Baptist churches, and at the Smyrna Town Centre.
From Saturday to Sunday Nashville saw 13.57 inches of rain, which more than doubles the pervious two-day record of 6.68 inches set Sept. 13-14, 1979.
Murfreesboro saw more than 5 inches of rain Saturday. Parts of Smyrna and La Vergne recorded between 6 inches and 7 inches Saturday. The Smyrna Airport saw 5.61 inches Saturday.
“May 2010 now ranks as the wettest May ever, surpassing May 1983, when 11.04 inches were measured. And May 2010 already ranks as the 5th wettest month overall,” Boyd said.
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