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March 17 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.

This will be the last daily update. We will continue to release information about the recovery process as needed.

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 17, 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.
  • 115 roads have been reopened.
  • 1 road is still closed.
  • 60 alleys total were impacted.
  • 60 alleys are cleared from debris.

Repairing Traffic Signals

  • 72 total traffic signals were damaged, or lacking power
  • 72 signals have been restored

Repairing and Replacing Signage

  • 263 stop signs have been repaired or replaced
  • 1 temporary stop sign

Household Waste/Trash as of 7 p.m.

Total tons of trash since March 7--104.52

Amount of Debris Hauled as of 7 p.m.

4,431 loads totaling 198,418 cubic yards of debris have been hauled to transfer sites.

Project Haul Out of debris sites for disposal:

674 Loads totaling 66,598 reduce and hauled to landfill

NES Updated Numbers

  • 4 Outages
  • 94 Customers affected
  • NES normal staffing

NES Restoration Website

Disaster Assistance Centers (Previous Day Totals)

  • Hadley: 78 clients
  • East: 164 clients
  • Hermitage: 85 Clients

FEMA Registration

  • Daily 135
  • Cumulative 2,425 as of 8:30 a.m.