May 6, 2010 2:41 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Nashville residents return home to devastation

It's getting easier to get around Nashville and to clean up after a devastating flood.

City crews are starting to haul away residents' ruined possessions today. And some roads, closed by high water, have reopened.

The rain-swollen Cumberland River continues to recede but Nashville's downtown remains without power and one of two water plants is disabled. Officials say progress is being made on both problems. Mayor Karl Dean estimates the damage from the weekend flooding could easily top $1 billion in Nashville alone.

Flash flooding and storms killed at least 29 people in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky and at least five people are still missing.

The flooding was caused by rains of more than 13 inches and affected both rich and poor in the Nashville metropolitan area of about 1 million people.


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