MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. —Tennessee started drying out Thursday after days of drenching rain that caused flooding, stranded homeowners and drivers, washed out roads and forced a freight train off its tracks.
No deaths had been reported so far, but forecasters warned the inundation may not be over. More rain was expected to fall across the Southeast during the weekend from the same storm system, which also was prompting flood watches and pouring rain onto parts of Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
Most flood watches and warnings in Tennessee had expired by Thursday afternoon, including one for Nashville, while remaining in effect for some areas to the northeast. Even with possible flooding in the Cumberland River and other creeks in the state, it likely will not cause the same devastation wrought by heavy rains in early May.
Still, officials were making plans for possible evacuations and preparing sandbags for downtown Nashville and other riverfront areas that previously flooded.
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Whooping cranes may return to Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS — The whooping crane — one of the world's most endangered birds and one of the first animals on the U.S. endangered list — could be back in Louisiana's wetlands as early as February under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal.
The long-legged birds with the distinctive call haven't lived in the wild in Louisiana since 1950.
Under the plan, young birds would be released into a pen about 125 miles west of New Orleans in Louisiana's bayou country after they are raised by people wearing shapeless white "crane suits."
It's an area where whooping cranes once lived and raised young.
The birds will eventually be able to fly out, but likely will remain in the area because whooping cranes must be taught to migrate, Bill Brooks, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said Wednesday.