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July 7, 2016

TEMA Declares State of Emergency from Severe Storms & Flooding


Flash Report – Middle TN Severe Storms & Flooding
July 7, 2016 – 9 a.m., CDT
SEOC Activation: Level III – State of Emergency


CURRENT SITUATION
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) declared a State of Emergency at 7:15 a.m., CDT, this morning, July 7, 2016, due to flash flooding in a number of Middle Tennessee counties from heavy rainfall overnight.


Locally heavy rainfall, up to eight inches in some locations, has impacted Cheatham, Davidson, Macon, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, and Trousdale counties. Flash flood warnings will remain in effect throughout Middle Tennessee as another one inch of rain is expected over the area today.


Local responders conducted swift water rescues in Stewart, Sumner, and Robertson counties as flood waters inundated homes and roadways. County emergency management agencies in Davidson, Montgomery, and Trousdale, reported downed trees and impassable roads.


There are no reports of fatalities, injuries from the severe flooding but emergency management officials are warning local residents to use caution if they encounter high water – Turn Around! Don’t Drown!


RESPONSE ACTIONS
TEMA has deployed District Coordinators to assist county emergency managers with any coordination or requests for resources.


Tennessee Department of Transportation is reporting the following road impacts:
• Highway 79 at mile marker 16 in Stewart County closed due to flooding
• Highway 41A at Eva Drive in Clarksville closed due to flooding.
• High water at I-24 East at Shelby Ave. exit in Nashville
• Roadway flooded on I-40 West at mile-marker 213
• I-40 West at the Church St. ramp closed due to flooding
• I-65 North in Robertson County, mile marker 111, right lane flooded
• 3600 block of Sparta pike in Wilson County, westbound side flooded


The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is activated with representatives from the American Red Cross, the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Agencies will be monitoring the ongoing weather situation and assisting counties and other State partners with requests for assistance.


KEY PREPAREDNESS MESSAGES

• Be alert to possibility of flooding if it has been raining hard for several hours.
• Closely monitor local radio and TV stations, and NOAA weather radio for information on flood conditions, weather, and roadways.
• Follow the instructions of local officials in emergency situation. If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
• Do not drive around barricades. They are there for your safety.
• NEVER drive through standing water. More than half of flood victims are in vehicles swept away by moving water.
• Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains.
• Stay out of floodwaters as the water could be contaminated or electrically-charged.
• Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of shock or electrocution.
• If you are evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.


TEMA MISSION
TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.