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Nashville Office of Emergency Management Winter Weather Update 2

2/15/2021

Metro Nashville Public Schools and Metro Nashville Government Offices closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021

All non-essential Metro Nashville-Davidson County facilities will be closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021 as Nashville experiences severe winter weather.

Metro Parks

Community Centers, Sportsplex, Nature Center and Parthenon are closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Davidson County Register of Deeds

The Register’s office at 501 Broadway will be closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021 due to inclement weather.

Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk

The Criminal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Previously Released Information

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Metro Nashville Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 16, due to hazardous weather and road conditions.

Before- and after-care programs will be closed. All after-school activities are canceled as well, including sports practices, games, performances, parent meetings, etc. YMCA Fun Company emergency childcare sites will also be closed Tuesday.

District offices will be closed physically but remain open virtually, and 12-month employees will report to work remotely unless their positions require them to report in person.

Courts

General Sessions and State Trial Courts in-person court proceedings closed.

Juvenile Court of Metro Nashville & Davidson County will be closed.

The Davidson County Clerk’s Office

All branches of the Davidson County Clerk’s Office are also closed; contact the Davidson County Clerk’s Office at www.nashvilleclerk.com

The Davidson County Trustee’s Office

The Davidson County Trustee’s Office will be closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

For more information:

All Nashville Public Library facilities, The Nashville Farmer’s Market, Davidson County Election Commission and Metro Codes will also be closed.

Essential services, such as Metro Police and Nashville Fire emergency response, as well as road work and emergency cold weather sheltering, will continue.

For Order of Protection assistance, please call 615-880-1100 or visit the Family Safety Center at 610 Murfreesboro Pk. 

The Metro Historical and Historic Zoning Commission will be open during regular business hours as staff work remotely.

To request non-emergency Metro services, visit hub.nashville.gov, use the hubNashville 311 app, or call 311 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Metro Nashville Public Works

Snow and Ice Removal Updates

MPW crews continue to plow and salt primary routes across Davidson County. Crews have been out since 5:30AM Sunday morning running 12-hour shifts and will continue efforts to ensure primary routes are passable. All secondary routes have been salted, though as more precipitation continues to fall and temperatures plummet, please keep in mind that salt will become less effective. MPW urges drivers to avoid the roadways while crews work to clear sleet, ice and snow

Trash and Recycling Updates

In addition to the delay caused by the Presidents’ Day holiday, inclement weather has caused additional delays for trash and recycling collection this week. To prioritize safety for all, we will not be collecting trash or recycling tomorrow, Feb. 16th. Residents with Monday collections, previously scheduled to be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 16th will be picked up next Monday, Feb. 22nd. The department will assess conditions and decide about Tuesday collections, currently scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday, at a later time.

There will be no trash or recycling collection tomorrow, February 16.

All Metro Convenience Centers will be closed tomorrow, February 16.

WeGo Public Transit:

As crews continue to assess road conditions for bus operations, service levels are subject to change with short notice. WeGo Public Transit customers can find out information about the remainder of today’s service and service tomorrow morning by:

  • watching for media alerts on local television stations,
  • following WeGo Public Transit on social media (@WeGoTransit),
  • visiting WeGoTransit.com’s snow route schedule page
  • checking one of the mobile real-time information tools such as Google Transit or the Transit App, or
  • call WeGo Customer Care at 615-862-5950

COVID-19 Community Assessment Centers

All COVID-19 Community Assessment Centers operated by Meharry Medical College, including at Nissan Stadium Lot “N” will remain closed through the week of February 15, 2021 due to inclement weather.

Metro Public Health

The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is closed at the Music City Center is closed Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 

All MPHD clinics will be closed.  Metro Animal Care and Control will be operating on call for emergencies. 

Metro Nashville Police Department

The Police Departmentcontinues to have increased manpower on the streets by holding officers over for at least 2 hours past the normal conclusion of their shifts. 

Officers across the 8 precincts assigned to the new enhanced shift to combat violent crime will be working this evening from 5 p.m. through 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to help answer calls. 

Between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, there were 21 reports of property damage crashes and 1 report of an injury crash, an indication that many Nashvillians heeded the call to travel if only absolutely necessary. 

Officers on Sunday began offering displaced persons rides to area shelters.  Several transports have taken place.  That initiative is continuing.

OEM Cold Patrols

The Nashville OEM ESU Members will continue cold patrols in the evenings to check on members of the homeless community who are out in the cold.

OEM ESU Members will also provide blankets, gloves, hand warmers and other care items to those who would like them.

Transportation to the Extreme Cold Weather Overflow Shelter or other sheltering options will be arranged for people who want to get out of the cold.  

Cold Patrol Results

Saturday 2/13/2021

  • 8 personnel worked - 48 manhours
  • 5 vehicles out working
  • 119 Blankets distributed (all time high)
  • 12 Blue Plastic Tarps
  • 36 Care Packages Created by Belmont Students

Sunday 2/14/2021

  • 8 ESU Personnel - 68 Manhours
  • 5 Vehicles out working
  • 25 Blankets distributed
  • 22 Care Packages Created by Belmont Students
  • 6 people transported to shelter by Nashville Homeless Connection

Extreme Cold Weather Shelter

An Extreme Cold Weather Shelter will remain open Monday, February 15, 2021 and Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

The shelter is located at 500 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. The shelter is separate from the COVID-19 Homeless Shelter in operation at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, Metro Social Services will encourage people to enter the shelters in the evening and then stay inside the shelter.

Metro Social Services is in touch with nonprofits to coordinate their questions around transportation, etc.

People should use the Nashville Rescue Mission first. People with pets are welcome at the Extreme Cold Weather Shelter.

More information about the Nashville Cold Weather Community Response plan, including future Extreme Cold Weather Shelter openings at this web site

Clients Serviced:

  • Saturday to Sunday: 102 people and 4 dogs - 60 decided to stay during the day on Sunday (shelter remained open all day)
  • Sunday to Monday: 135 people and 5 dogs, 90 chose to stay Monday morning (shelter will remain open).

Metro Water Services

Customers are urged to take necessary precautions to prevent water pipes in your home from freezing:

  • Remove all exterior hose connections and insulate the hose bibs.
  • Cover foundation vents.
  • Insulate exposed water pipes.
  • Allow your home’s warmer air to reach the water pipes by opening cabinet doors.
  • Allow a small trickle of water, about the size of a pencil lead, to run from a cold-water faucet. 
  • Keep meter box closed to prevent cold air from reaching the meter and the pipes.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve inside your home.  The ability to quickly close this valve may prevent further damage to your home if one of your interior pipes burst.  The shut-off valve may be in the basement, under the kitchen sink, in a utility closet, near the hot water heater, or even under your home in a crawl space.  If you think you have found it, be sure to test it and consider labelling it so it is easy to locate.

If you do experience frozen water lines, remember to NEVER use open flames.  An open flame could cause the water in the pipe to turn into steam and build up enough pressure to split the pipe. Sometimes ice in a pipe will melt if you warm it with a hair dryer or wrap it in hot towels.

For leaking or broken pipes within your home, contact a plumber.

Leaking or broken water mains should be reported to 615-862-4600 immediately.