Strong thunderstorms passed through the Dickson on Wednesday, Feb. 6, dumping up to seven inches of rain in some areas and causing flooding that closed roads and prompted rescues.
“Our employees from various departments of the city responded to dozens of calls during the height of the storm,” Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. said in a statement released by a spokesman. “With the volume of rain that fell in such a short time, there is very little we can do to prevent some flooding, as evidenced by the problems experienced by cities across Middle Tennessee.”
Areas of Dickson County reported rainfall amounts from 5.5 to seven inches in less than two hours and the southwestern part of the county was briefly under a tornado warning after radar indicated possible rotation in winds in excess of 50 miles an hour. There were no reports of a funnel cloud being spotted or a touchdown in the county.
In addition to responding to water rescues, the Dickson Fire Department battled a fire at an office in west Dickson.
Fire Chief Richard Greer reported the department was responding to a water rescue on Eno Road outside the city limits around 10:50 pm when it received a call about two people trapped in a car at the intersection of A.G. Myatt Drive and Highway 48 North. The swift water rescue team diverted to the call within the city limits and two people were removed from a car by boat.
While on the scene of that rescue, the department was notified that a building at the Hidden Valley Apartments on Spring Street was flooding again and the fire department crew and water rescue team assisted in clearing those units. The Dickson County Family YMCA opened as a shelter for the displaced residents.
As the crews were then headed back to Eno Road, the department was dispatched to a structure fire at the Youth Villages office at 2043 Highway 70 West. Believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, the structure in the Valley West complex had flames coming from the roof when firefighters arrived. Following an interior attack the blaze was extinguished but the fire left extensive damage including a partial collapse of the roof.
The Dickson Police Department responded to numerous calls about flooded roadways, stranded motorists and employees trapped in businesses by rising waters. Calls included vehicles stuck in flood waters on Lewis Hollow Road, Highway 48 North, Jones Creek Road, Luther Road, Mathis Drive and East College Street, Blue Road and North Hummingbird Lane.
Officers assisted in the evacuation at Hidden Valley, having to smash two glass doors because the rising waters would not let residents open their front doors.
The department also received calls about employees trapped by rising waters at Village Liquors and Village Market on Highway 48 North and Tice’s Springs Market on Highway 48 South. The department assisted in closing several flooded roads.
In the aftermath of the storm, more than 30 reports of flooding damage from overwhelmed culverts and drains had been called in to the Public Works Department Thursday morning.