Monday night about 600 people spent the night in shelters across the state, down from about a thousand on Sunday. Governor Phil Bredesen has asked that more than half of Tennessee’s counties be declared federal disaster areas.
Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper says the damage totals billions of dollars as even small rivers are overflowing badly.
“You should’ve seen it rampaging yesterday. We flew over some railroad tracks; it was tearing those railroad tracks apart. That’s a hard thing to do; railroad tracks are pretty tough, and a lot of steel, but they were bent like pretzels. It’s amazing to see that.”
Many schools and state offices remained closed today, and some parts of downtown are without power. One of the city’s two water treatment plants out of commission, and officials are asking people to cut their water use by half.