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Emergency Operations Center to Deactivate at Midnight

2/23/2019
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

EOC partially activated to monitor severe weather threat to Davidson County

Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will deactivate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 12:00 a.m.

The EOC partially activated in anticipation of a strong storm system. The National Weather Service forecasted heavy rain of up to four inches or more. NWS also forecasted damaging wind gusts, localized flooding, and rises on already high streams and rivers.

Representatives from OEM, Nashville Fire Department, Mayor’s Office, Metropolitan Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Water Services, Metro Storm Water, Metro Public Works, Emergency Communications, Metro ITS, Planning/GIS Department, American Red Cross, WeGo Transit, US Army Corps of Engineers as well as NES gathered in the EOC to monitor the severe weather and quickly respond to flooding, possible evacuation needs or any other emergencies overnight.

Prior to the weather arriving in the Davidson County Area OEM in partnership with MNPD contacted residents living in the Pennington Bend, Miami Avenue neighborhood, KOA Campgrounds at 2626 Music Valley Drive and Old Hickory areas to leave before the water levels increased.

Anticipated flood water levels threatened to make access to these areas impassable later in the evening. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people in those areas at McGavock High School. The shelter will remain open until 7:00 am on Sunday.

Due to flooding first responders closed a number of roads around Davidson County including:

  • Whites Creek Pike and Knight Drive
  • Old Hickory Blvd and I24E
  • Vashti and Cowan St
  • Apex St and Granada Av
  • Georgia Av and Delray Av
  • Gay St and 10th Circle N
  • 10th Av N and Herman St
  • Rosa L. Parks between Jefferson Street and Locklayer Street

Swift water rescue crews from NFD and OEM deployed to areas known to flood.

During this event NFD and OEM responded to at least 60 water rescues around the county, especially in the northern part of Davidson County. There were no reported injuries or fatalities as a result of these calls.

During the severe weather’s movement through the area there were brief power outages. According to NES they had 4,231 people without power around 7:00 p.m.

Metro Water Services continues to monitor river levels around the county including in the Bellevue Area where water levels continue to rise.

OEM will have teams on stand-by if needed on Sunday.

In case of an emergency, residents should call 911.

Please remember:

  • When driving near or approaching a flooded area, it is best to: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
  • If you live or work in an area prone to flooding, pay close attention for the potential of rapidly rising water that could be a danger.
  • Continue to monitor NOAA weather radio, NERVE, and local news media for warnings, developments and other important information.
  • Do not attempt to walk though flood waters.
  • Be cautious of any live wires that may have fallen to the ground near standing water.

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