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Heavy rains create flood warnings, watches

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A flash flood warning is in effect overnight for areas of Middle Tennessee, including Nashville.  About 5 inches of rain fell in Henry and Stewart counties on Saturday.

Recent rainfall has caused saturated soils and high water levels on small streams across the mid-state. Thunderstorms Saturday evening produced flash flooding over parts of northwest Middle Tennessee.

More thunderstorms are expected to develop and move across the entire area through the night and into Sunday morning.

Some of these storms will produce very heavy downpours. Some locations could see several inches of rainfall, causing flash flooding in some areas, especially along small streams.

A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warning area, move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.

A flash flood watch, which means conditions are favorable for flooding, has been issued by the National Weather Service until 10 a.m. Sunday for most of Middle Tennessee.

Floodwaters have forced at least two families from their homes in La Vergne, according to Kathy Tyson, city spokesperson.

Tyson said the flooding was reported in the Deer Drive area off Old Nashville Highway and Mercury Drive area off Murfreesboro Road.

Tyson added that city officials had opened up city hall for the displaced families to seek shelter.

Rainfall in excess of two inches was reported in La Vergne, according to NWS officials.

Metro's Office of Emergency Management reported a problem with a drainage ditch at Chandler Place and a culvert at Mill Creek/Nolensville road area.

In Williamson County, dispatchers said Southall Road to Old Hillsboro Road was closed due to high water and Patton Road off Cox Road was also closed due to high water.

The severe storm concerns include possible damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, torrential downpours and possible tornadoes.

Stay tuned to Channel 4 News and wsmv.com for the latest on this developing story.

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