The Nashville Fire Department said Sunday they’d rescued 130 people from cars and homes, and swift water rescue crews were continuing to respond to emergency calls. That included 15 people from an apartment building that was structurally compromised by a mudslide. Teams also rescued 40 dogs from Camp Bow Wow, a local pet boarding and day care site.
In all, 71 people were taken to hospitals.
A man, 64, and a woman, 46, were later found dead near a homeless camp that had flooded from Seven Mile Creek.
“That is shocking, and we send our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who died,” Mayor John Cooper said at a press conference on Sunday.
Local officials would continue canvassing creek beds, and the Red Cross was also joining efforts to help vulnerable communities, including unhoused people, he added.
Though the storm had passed by Sunday morning, forecasters expected some creeks and rivers to continue to rise throughout the day. Authorities urged drivers to stay clear of flooded roads.