Heavy rains deluged Nashville, Tenn. and the surrounding communities May 1 - 2. The heavy rainfall continued for 48 hours and caused rivers to swell out of their banks. The rain came so hard and fast - more than 17 inches total - that flood precaution systems were overwhelmed. Unfortunately, for Massey's Auto Parts, Inc., Millington, Tenn., that included a drain channel behind the facility. The channel, built after the near-legendary flood on Christmas Eve 1987, couldn't contain the rising waters.