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Swift water rescue crews prepare for more storms, flooding

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Three drowning deaths occurred in Middle Tennessee in the last week alone. With more storms expected for Monday evening, swift water rescue crews prepared for a worst-case scenario.

Lawrence County relies on swift water rescue crews from three municipalities: Lawrenceburg, New Prospect and Ethredge. The teams work together to save people from drowning. First responders practiced their drills on Monday, making sure their equipment was ready to use.

June has already become one of the most dangerous months for Lawrence County responders. Officials say they don't remember performing this many water rescues this time last year.

First responders claim it can take as little as 6 inches of water to sway a vehicle. A man in Summertown was driving to the grocery store last Thursday when flood waters swept away his car.

"We all work together as a team," said Chief Jay Moore of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department. "You never know when it might be one of our family members."

Moore said his team is heartbroken over the loss of 9-year-old Zach Nielson. The crews responded to a call on Saturday near Lawrenceburg. They found Zach's body pinned under a bridge in Knob Creek.

Some of Zach's classmates visited the same bridge Monday - a sobering reminder anyone could have succumbed to the rushing currents.

"I know the next time I'm swimming, I'll remember him," said Kase Tucker, 10.

Gail Clifton brought Kase, along with her grandchildren, to see how dangerous the water gets.

"We came here to let them see how important it is to really be careful because that's really sad," said Clifton, of Lawrenceburg.

On Saturday, rescuers recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who was also carried away by flood waters in Hickman County.

Emergency officials say areas can be prone to flooding even when it's not raining. High water takes days to recede.

Moore also urges drivers to turn around when they see high water, no matter how shallow the creek or body of water appears. The color of the water often masks its depth. Never approach creeks or rivers in low visibility. 

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