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March 9 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.)

In the immediate aftermath of the tornado, Public Works crews have been focused on coordinating with emergency responders and utility companies to clear the right-of-way, make roads passable, and provide assistance with closing and reopening roads.

While crews are still focused on the efforts above, we are also continuing process of removing curbside debris from affected areas.

  • A total of 2 right-of-way crews consisting of 3-5 people and 6 inspectors worked 12-hour shifts. Crews are out from 6 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Traffic signal crews have been working 12-hour shifts since the tornado.
  • Deployed 4 VMS signs to help direct people to volunteer sites.

March 9, 2020

  • 10 MPW trucks and 27 Contractor trucks collecting storm debris from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Trucks will continue circulating throughout affected areas multiple times over the next few days and weeks.
  • MPW is encouraging residents to move debris to the curb and leave it there. Instructions for how to separate debris can be found on the Public Works website.
  • MPW has 3 Public works employees working at 3 Disaster Assistance Centers.

Clearing Roadways and Alleys

  • 116 roads were initially closed as a result of the tornado.
  • 89 roads have been reopened.
  • 26 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

  • 196 stop signs have been repaired or replaced
  • 5 temporary stops have been installed

Household Waste/Trash

  • We had 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 – 104.52

Amount of Debris Hauled

1,755 loads totaling 57,660 cubic yards as of 4pm today.

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

4,053 Customers affected

Disaster Assistance Centers (As of 12 pm)

  • Hadley Park Community Center: 14 clients
  • East: 25 Clients
  • Hermitage: 62 Clients

Emergency Shelters

Emergency Shelter overnight information will be available in morning update.