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March 12 Morning 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

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 were out 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • We had 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.
  • We are 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.
  • In addition, Public Works has had signal crews working 12-hour shifts since the event. Deployed 3 VMS signs to help with where both volunteer sites.

March 12, 2020

  • 3 Public works employees are working at 3 Disaster Assistance Centers.

Clearing Roadways and Alleys

  • 116 roads were initially closed as a result of the tornado.
  • 107 roads have been reopened.
  • 9 roads are still currently closed.
  • 60 alleys total were impacted.
  • 60 alleys are cleared from debris.

Repairing Traffic Signals

  • 72 total traffic signals were damaged, or lacking power
  • 67 signals have been restored
  • 3 are undamaged, but require power to be restored
  • 2 are significantly damaged and will need repair

Repairing and Replacing Signage

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

Household Waste/Trash as of 7 p.m.

  • Total tons of trash since March 7--104.52 Affected routes were done Tuesday

Amount of Debris Hauled as of 7 p.m.

  • 2,587 loads totaling 100,396 cubic yards of debris have been hauled to transfer sites.

NES Updated Numbers

  • 53 Outages
  • 385 Customers affected
  • 20 bucket trucks worked overnight
  • 220-230 Crews working Thursday

NES Restoration Website:

Disaster Assistance Centers (Previous Day Final)

  • Hadley Park Community Center: 67 guests
  • East: 61 guests
  • Hermitage: 106 guests

Emergency Shelter Numbers (Previous Night)

  • Centennial Sportsplex: 143 Guests
  • Smith Springs Community Center: (This shelter closed Monday afternoon.)