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Nashville Office of Emergency Management Winter Weather Update

2/16/2021

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

Updated Metro Government Closures

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

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.

Metro Public Health

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

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

Metro Social Services update

The Metro Social Services Office building at 800 2nd Avenue is closed today. Social workers are working remotely. Davidson County residents in need of immediate assistance, please call 615-862-6432.

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency offices will be closed Tuesday, February 16, due to severe winter weather. Staff who can work from home will perform their work duties from home and virtual meetings will continue.

If you are a resident and need to report a maintenance emergency, please call your management office and press 1 when prompted.

For more Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Updates

Metro Action Commission (MAC)

Metro Action Commission buildings are closed Tuesday, February 16. MAC personnel will serve customers virtually Tuesday.

Calls and E-mails to our main office and Head Start and Early Head Start Centers will be handled by staff virtually. The Head Start and Early Head Start classes will resume virtually on Wednesday.

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.

Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk

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

The Davidson County Trustee’s Office

The Davidson County Trustee’s Office will be closed Tuesday, February 16. For more information visit  trustee.nashville.gov  or call 615-862-6330.

Davidson County Register of Deeds

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

Metro Arts

Metro Arts will be open during regular business hours as staff work remotely.

The Arts Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 18, will take place virtually on WebEx. Residents may find information on how to attend Metro Arts meetings and contact Metro Arts staff at MetroArtsNashville.com.

Metro Parks

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

UT-TSU Extension

UT-TSU Extension will be open but operating remotely. Extension agents can be reached through social media or by emailing aes@nashville.gov

Other

All Nashville Public Library facilities, The Nashville Farmers’ 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

There will be no trash or recycling collection February 16.

All Metro Convenience Centers will be closed February 16.

Snow and Ice Removal Updates

Crews continue to plow and salt primary routes across Davidson County. Crews have been out since 5:30 a.m. 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 Tuesday, Feb. 16. Residents with Monday collections, previously scheduled to be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 16, will be picked up next Monday, Feb. 22. The department will assess conditions and decide about Tuesday collections, currently scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday, at a later time.

WeGo Public Transit

WeGo Public Transit will operate limited bus route on snow detours (where applicable) on Tuesday, February 16:

  • 3 West End/White Bridge
  • 7 Hillsboro
  • 22 Bordeaux
  • 23 Dickerson Road
  • 50 Charlotte Pike
  • 52 Nolensville Pike
  • 55 Murfreesboro Pike
  • 56 Gallatin Pike
  • 93 Star West End Shuttle

Staff will assess road conditions for opportunities to add service throughout the day.

The WeGo Star and 93 Star West End Shuttle will operate as regularly scheduled, but customers should anticipate delays due to weather.

Regional Bus service for Tuesday, February 16 is cancelled.

WeGo Access (paratransit) service will operate in a limited capacity, providing service for medical trips only on Tuesday. Access staff has notified customers if their previously scheduled trips are affected by this change in service level. Access on Demand service will not be available.

The Customer Information Window at WeGo Central is closed until further notice. Customers can have questions answered by contacting our Call Center at 615-862-5950 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

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 Nashville Police Department

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

Roads throughout Nashville are snow and ice covered. Nashvillians are encouraged to stay home if possible. If travel is absolutely essential, go slow and be very careful.

Vehicle traffic during Monday night was extremely light. The Police Department had 4 crashes reported between midnight and 7:30 a.m.

Office of Emergency Management 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

Monday 2/15/2021

  • 8 ESU Personnel – 56 Manhours
  • 17 Blankets distributed
  • 1 person transported to shelter.

Extreme Cold Weather Shelter

MSS is asking all people to use Nashville Rescue Mission as the main access point throughout the day. Metro is coordinating with Nashville Rescue Mission.

An Extreme Cold Weather Shelter will remain open and Tuesday, February 16, 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

Clients Serviced

Saturday to Sunday:
102 people and 4 dogs, 60 people decided to stay during the day on Sunday

Sunday to Monday:
135 people and 5 dogs, 90 people chose to stay Monday morning.

Monday to Tuesday:
166 people and 5 dogs stayed. 105 people will remain in the shelter during the day.

Community Resource Center of Nashville

The Community Resource Center is asking for donations of hot hands, gloves, hats and blankets.

A link to donate is available at crcnashville.org.

Community Resource Center has an Amazon wish list is up and running, as well for donations.

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.