Flooding, flurries forecast for Christmas eve, day; parks closed due to flooding
TENNESSEE: Cooler temperatures later this afternoon and evening may bring chances for some light mixed precipitation late in the afternoon and evening over the I-65 corridor and east. On the northern Plateau, some light snow accumulations up to a few tenths of an inch will be possible this evening. Some area river flooding will continue through the day. Monday through Saturday Some area river flooding will continue at least through Monday. Spotter activation will not be needed.
In addition, heavy rain and rising waters on the Cumberland River and its tributaries has forced the closing of popular City of Clarksville parks, facilities and boat ramps until further notice:
- Liberty Park and Freedom Point, with the exception of the Wilma Rudolph Event Center and Liberty Park Grill.
- McGregor Park boat ramp.
- Clarksville Marina.
Follow “Clarksville Parks and Recreation” on Facebook updates and information or call (931) 645-7476.
The National Weather Service in Nashville has issued flood advisories for the Red River at Port Royal and the Cumberland River in Clarksville/Montgomery County.
Several inches of rainfall have caused the Cumberland River at Clarksville to rise above action stage. It`s expected to crest just above action stage on Sunday and then recede Sunday evening.
- At 1 a.m. Sunday the stage was 40.0 feet.
- Flood stage is 46.0 feet.
- The river will continue to rise to near 43.5 feet by this afternoon.
- At 43.0 feet, water inundates low lying areas along the river,
including agricultural areas, access points, portions of Riverfront Park on North Riverside Drive, and low lying areas of industrial property on Zinc Plant Rd. Water also backs up adjacent tributaries, including Bartons Creek, Red River, West Fork Red River, and Yellow Creek.
- At 40.0 feet…Low lying areas along the river, including agricultural areas, access points, and portions of Riverfront Park on North Riverside Dr. begin to be inundated. Water also backs up adjacent tributaries, including Bartons Creek, Red River, West Fork Red River, and Yellow Creek.
The Red River at Port Royal, in Montgomery and Robertson Counties remains above action stage but has crested and is falling.
- At 8 a.m. Sunday the stage was 28.5 feet and falling.
- Flood stage is 30.0 feet.
- The river will continue to fall to near 19.5 feet by tomorrow morning.
- At 30.0 feet…Low lying agricultural areas along the Red River from the Kentucky State Line to Adams, past Port Royal State Park, and on the Sulpher Fork from near Springfield to near Cedar Hill, to Port Royal State Park begin to flood.
- At 17.0 feet…The public access parking lot at Port Royal State Park is completely inundated.
- At 11.0 feet…Water begins to inundate the public access parking lot and picnic area at Port Royal State Park.
Stay tuned to noaa weather radio or other local media for further information from the National Weather Service.