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11 dead in TN, water still rising, but sun shining

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - At least 11 storm deaths are confirmed in Tennessee and more may be discovered.

The Cumberland River continues to rise at Nashville, but is nearing its crest. Floodwater has spilled onto a couple of downtown streets near the riverfront and restaurants and bars in the tourist district are closed.

All of about 1, 500 guests were evacuated overnight from the Opryland Hotel, northeast of the downtown area. Monday morning brought sunshine and a view of flooded parking lots around the hotel and adjacent venues. Water surrounded the Grand Ole Opry House and the Opry Mills shopping mall.

Mayor Karl dean called on Nashville residents Monday to use water only for cooking and drinking because 1 of the city's two water treatment plants is flooded.

Downstream, Clarksville may have historic flood levels. The main street along the river is closed and 2 of the three bridges between downtown Clarksville and Fort Campbell are closed by the flooding Red River.

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