Flooded Cumberland River crests in Nashville

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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 12:03 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the swollen Cumberland River has crested at nearly 12 feet above flood stage in Nashville.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Rose says the river crested at 51.9 feet at 6 p.m. CDT Monday night. But the river was moving slowly, and the weather service needed to measure the level over a span of about three hours to confirm the crest.

Eighteen people have died in Tennessee, including 10 in Nashville, due to a severe storm system that caused widespread flash flooding and tornados.

Rose says waters are expected to drop below flood stage — or 40 feet — Wednesday morning.

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