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Flash flooding causes water rescues, damage to homes in Sumner County

Students were rescued from school bus caught in flood waters in Sumner County. (Photo submitted by Makayla Huntsman) Students were rescued from school bus caught in flood waters in Sumner County. (Photo submitted by Makayla Huntsman)
One of the school buses was trapped on Buck Perry Road. (WSMV) One of the school buses was trapped on Buck Perry Road. (WSMV)
Makayla Huntsman took this photo inside the bus that was trapped in flood water on Buck Perry Road. (WSMV) Makayla Huntsman took this photo inside the bus that was trapped in flood water on Buck Perry Road. (WSMV)
Seventeen students were rescued from this bus on Buck Perry Road. (WSMV) Seventeen students were rescued from this bus on Buck Perry Road. (WSMV)
Air 4 captured video of this truck submerged in water. No one was inside the truck. (WSMV) Air 4 captured video of this truck submerged in water. No one was inside the truck. (WSMV)
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BETHPAGE, TN (WSMV) -

Widespread flooding caused major problems in Sumner County on Friday morning.

Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford said no injuries have been reported at this time in connection to the flooding.

Weatherford said the northern part of the county was hit the hardest. Some parts of the county received over 6 inches of rain.

Road crews in Portland put up signs closing off areas with high water. Several parts of Old Gallatin Road were washed out.

While the water has receded in many areas, residents said they are thankful to be alive but upset about the material loss.

“Things happen sometimes, you know. It’s just hard to see all this, everybody losing everything like this,” Lennie Gant said.

Two water rescues were reported on Old Gallatin Road at North Hunter Road and also at Cummings Lane.

At one point, students were trapped on three different school buses. Jeremy Johnson with Sumner County Schools said all students are OK and have either arrived at school or have been picked up by their parents.

Seventeen North Sumner Elementary School students were rescued from a school bus on Buck Perry Road in Bethpage. Their driver was trying to cross the road around 7 a.m. when Caney Fork Creek had overflowed out of its banks.

Emergency management crews sent people on rafts to rescue the children from the bus. Everyone got out safely.

One firefighter said water came up to the seats on the bus. He said he doesn't understand why anyone would try to drive through the standing water. 

One Sumner County mother whose son normally rides that bus said she decided to keep him Friday because of all the rain. She said children were having to jump out of a back window to the rafts.

"And now it's even scarier to find out it's my kid's bus. I'm shocked, you know," Brittany Day said. "I just hate it for all those kids, it's sad to know what they're going through and how scared they were ... I mean, that's just crazy."

Several students were on another bus that waited on high ground for help. It's not clear how many students were on the third bus.

School began dismissing students around 2:15 p.m., and as of right now, buses are scheduled to pick students up on time and take them home. However, if roads are closed or if there's still water blocking certain bus routes, arrangements will be made with parents to make sure their kids get home safely.

Johnson said the weather caught them off guard, as it did most people. He said they had no idea the rain would come down as quickly as it did.

School started on time Friday morning. Johnson said they have to make the decision to delay or cancel school before 6 a.m. and there was no indication that the situation would have become as bad as it did.

For parents who chose to pick their kids up and take them home, those students will not be counted as absent for the day. Students will not be considered tardy if they were late due to the weather.

The sheriff is advising residents to call 615-452-2616 for non-emergency flooding-related issues.

Stay with Channel 4 and WSMV.com for updates on this story.

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