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Nashville businesses, residents work to recover from flood waters
Dylan Bunch (front) and his wife Lou, wade out of the Church on the Rise building after moving items out of harm's way. (Graphic photos by Jo Anne Cooper)

Officials are continuing to assess the damage caused by flooding in Nashville last week.

Days of rainfall caused Stoney Creek to reach 15.5 feet, with water going out of its banks and threatening some downtown businesses as well as several homes.

Nash County Emergency Management Assistant Director Brent Fisher said the National Weather Service estimated four inches of rain had fallen but he added that there were some citizens in the county reporting six inches.

Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett said fire and police evacuated 15 people and three dogs from houses as well as 13 people from businesses and five from vehicles as water quickly rose last Wednesday afternoon.

While some businesses saw little impact from the floodwaters and were able to clean up and get back to business, Dos Hermanos continues its clean up efforts.

Layla Langley, who owns the building Dos Hermanos is in, said the building had around 19 inches of water in it while other neighboring businesses only had four inches of water.

"I think we are the lowest spot in Nashville," Langley said.

Langley said this is the second time the owners of Dos Hermanos have experienced flooding since they started the business in 2014.

Langley and her husband owned Town and Country Restaurant from 2008 to 2014.

"We never had a flood," she said.

In 2015, Dos Hermanos was flooded by Hurricane Matthew.

Langley said despite the flooding, this time, the waters didn't stay long which will help in clean up efforts.

"They saw the water rising this time so they were able to put most everything up high," Langley said.

Langley said though the restaurant has been open during COVID-19 for take out, they had recently opened back up for dine-in.

Despite the setback, Langley said the family does plan to open the restaurant back up. She added she was impressed with their attitude about the whole thing.

"I know it's hard," she said. "(But) that family just pulls together and helps one another out."

"We're going to reopen," she added.

Nashville Town Manager Randy Lansing, said overall, he felt Nashville fared well. Lansing reported 22 businesses affected by the flooding, meaning they were surrounded by waters but he added, only five businesses had water inside.

"I think all in all, Nashville fared pretty well," he said.

Lansing said some homes were also affected but the extent of damage is still being calculated.

Lansing said there were six homes in the Indian Trail subdivision with water on the first floor or at least close to it and one home in Westwood Circle.

Lansing said the town itself fared well, with no major issues.

"The town didn't have a whole lot of expense there," he said. "We didn't have any roads or bridges or storm sewers washed out."

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