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Weekend deluge could cause problems for morning commuters

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The storms may have moved out of the area, but we are not out of the woods yet. All that rain that fell Sunday, combined with freezing temperatures, could cause major problems during the Monday morning commute.

Crews at the Office of Emergency Management are working through the night monitoring conditions around the metro area on roads, bridges and waterways.

Sunday crews fielded dozens of calls around Nashville as flood waters caused problems for drivers and residents, while Assistant Fire Chief Charles Shannon said teams hit known problem areas like Nolensville Road.

"The creeks were rising and the river was up quite a bit," Shannon explained.

And it was a similar scene across the mid-state.

In Cheatham County, the driver of a white pickup truck was trapped after trying to cross the flood waters.

In Bellevue, the rain caused the Exchange Club Field to flood.

But the hardest hit area Sunday may have been in Waverly, TN.

"It's devastating," Peggy Lee said. Her home was all but destroyed during the floods in May 2010.

Crews evacuated Lee and dozens of other residents from their homes.

"We lost everything we own the first time and now we're doing it again ... If we're lucky it won't get in the house but we don't want to take that chance."

And with a lot of that water still on the roadway and temperatures expected to drop overnight, Shannon warned we could be in for a rough morning commute, especially on the bridges and overpasses.

"We're asking people to just proceed with caution in the morning, it will be rush hour traffic, people will be in a hurry, so we're asking people to just take their time," Shannon advised.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is going to be out monitoring the roads overnight as well. Crews are going to start salting and brining those problem areas starting at 4 a.m.

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