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March 8 Afternoon Update: Metro Nashville Office Of Emergency Management Provides Updates on Tornado Recovery Progress


The Nashville Office of Emergency Management announced progress on tornado recovery efforts in neighborhoods impacted by the devastating March 3 tornadoes.

Metro Nashville Public Works (As of 4 p.m.)

  • 15 right-of-way crews consisting of 3-5 people and 4 inspectors are working 12 hour shifts. Crews have been out 6am-6pm.
  • Signal crews working 12 hour shifts. Four Variable Message Signs (VMS) deployed to assist volunteer with parking directions.
  • 35 MPW trucks and 27 contractor trucks collecting debris from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Trucks will be circulating throughout affected areas multiple times over the next few days and weeks.
  • Clearing Roadways and Alleys: 116 roads were initially closed as a result of the tornado. 76 roads have been reopened. 40 roads are still currently closed. 60 alleys total were impacted. 60 alleys have been cleared of debris. 0 alleys are still currently blocked with debris.
  • Repairing Traffic Signals: 72 total traffic signals were damaged, or lacking power. 57 signals have been restored. 13 are undamaged but require power to be restored. 2 are significantly damaged and will need repair. A generator is powering DB Todd and Jefferson, 5th and Main
  • Repairing and Replacing Signage: 144 stop signs have been repaired or replaced. 40 stop signs awaiting to be replaced. 6 temporary stops have been installed.
  • Household Waste/Trash: We have 6 trash trucks running in North and East Nashville picking up household trash. We will add trash capacity in Donelson and Hermitage as it becomes needed. Total tons of trash since March 7: 94.01
  • Amount of Debris Hauled: 768 loads of debris were hauled to the transfer stations prior to Saturday morning, and prior to FEMA documentation. Due to FEMA requirements monitors are now in place and Metro Public Works will be using a new metric using cubic yards going forward. To date the results are 565 (yesterday’s total of 241 + today’s total of 324) loads totaling 22,508 cubic yards that have been accounted for using the new metrics.

NES Updated Numbers (As of 4 p.m.)

  • 68 Outages and 6,024 Customers affected
  • Crews: 226 trucks during the a.m. and 20 trucks in the p.m.

Disaster Assistance Centers (As of 4 p.m.)

  • Hadley Park Community Center: 32 clients
    • After school program moved to West Park
  • East: 47 Clients
    • After school program moved to McFerrin Park
  • Hermitage: 143 Clients
    • After school program moved to the Hermitage Library

Emergency Shelter (As of 4 p.m.)

Smith Springs Community Center is resuming their regular after-school program Monday, March 9, 2020. Therefore, Smith Springs Community Center terminate emergency shelter at noon on Monday, March 9, 2020. Transportation will be provided to those who were seeking shelter at Smith Springs Community Center.

Emergency Shelter overnight information will be available in morning update

Metro-STRNG task force will be completing their surveys tonight and standing by until further notice.