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Tennessee flooding death toll grows to 7

More than 7 inches of rain caused flooding in Nashville over the weekend.
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Authorities in Tennessee on Monday confirmed three more deaths related to flooding that inundated parts of the state over the weekend, bringing the total to at least seven.

Five people died in Davidson County, home to Nashville, and there was one death each in Cheatham and Hawkins counties, according to the state Health Department.

More than 7 inches of rain fell in Nashville from Saturday into Sunday, and some areas got more than 8 inches, the National Weather Service said.

Damage assessments continued Monday after widespread flooding affected homes and businesses and downed trees and power lines, state emergency officials said.

Tennessee is bracing for more rain. Rivers and creeks are expected to be at flood stage for days, and an additional 1 to 2 inches is forecast for the Nashville area this week, according to the weather service.

The rain could cause some localized flooding, but the weather service's Nashville office said it shouldn't affect river levels too much.

Image: Tennessee flood aftermath
Adam Wirdzek stops to look at a utility building that was carried down a flooded creek in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday.Mark Humphrey / AP

In the three newly reported deaths, at least two involved vehicles.

A man apparently drowned in his truck after he drove around barricades in Cheatham County on Sunday night, said Edwin Hogan, the county fire chief and emergency management director. Cheatham County is west of Nashville.

In Hawkins County, in the northeastern part of the state, a 61-year-old woman died after her Nissan Sentra left the roadway Sunday afternoon and was swept away, according to a Highway Patrol report.