Flooding leads to rescues in Sumner County

William Mack Lane (Photo: Submitted)

PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – Flooding in Sumner County kept emergency responders busy for much of Wednesday morning.

Some areas are still under a lot of water, which has made it dangerous for drivers.

Sumner County EMA conducted at least 12 water rescues beginning at 3 a.m.

Shane Hammock at his home on William Mack Lane (Photo: WKRN)
Shane Hammock at his home on William Mack Lane (Photo: WKRN)

A man in his 90s was rescued after he drove into deep water and his vehicle was swept downstream.

The powerful currents were the result of overwhelmed waterways and drainage systems, with creeks bursting at their seams, forcing drivers to either turn around or risk driving through.

Shane Hammock had to wade through at least two feet of water to show News 2 his flooded garage in Portland.

“With the little bit of rain that we had up here, I don’t feel that it should have gotten this deep. And it still hasn’t drained any outside so that’s pretty frustrating,” Hammock said.

William Mack Lane (Photo: WKRN)
William Mack Lane (Photo: Submitted)

He and his neighbors live on William Mack Lane, a dead-end street where water is receding slower than they’d like.

The kids are having their fun, but the parents are worried about what tomorrow brings.

“We have drains that are stopped up, so we know that it will flood again. So I’m already nervous, thinking that we’re expecting rain to come in. So I probably will not sleep tonight,” another neighbor told News 2.

Most of the roads in Portland have dried up but some will likely be closed through Wednesday night.

Luckily, no injuries were reported during the flooding in Summer County.

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