TN Gov asks help of National Guard during flooding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Flooding and damage are so widespread in Tennessee that Gov. Bredesen has asked the state's Army National Guard to help.

Dozens of vehicles and personnel have been put to work rescusing stranded residents. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean reported more than 1,000 water rescues in the city alone. That includes a policeman who became trapped and clung to a tree for an hour before firefighters plucked him from the flood waters.

While there aren't many residents in the area, downtown Nashville is home to a bustling tourist industry and financial center, a train depot and LP Field where the Tennessee Titans play.

Officials in Tennessee said yesterday the flooding is as bad as they've seen since 1975 when water memorably inundated the old Opryland amusement park east of downtown Nashville.

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