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July 7, 2016

TEMA Update on Flash Flooding and Severe Weather: 3 p.m., CDT, 07/07/16


This will be TEMA’s final update of the evening unless there are significant changes in the weather forecast or situation.


Flash Report: Middle TN Severe Storms & Flooding
July 7, 2016, 3 p.m., CDT
SEOC Activation: Level III State of Emergency


CURRENT SITUATION
Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, since 7:15 a.m., CDT, on July 7, 2016, due flash floods in a number of Middle Tennessee counties from severe storms and heavy rainfall overnight and through this morning.


The severe weather impacted almost all of Middle Tennessee with concentrated damage in the region’s upper-tier counties along the Kentucky border. Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart and Sumner counties reported up to 8” of rain in some locations.


Local responders assisted families and stranded motorists due to flash floods in Stewart, Sumner, and Robertson counties overnight as flood waters inundated homes and roadways. County emergency management agencies in Davidson, Montgomery, and Trousdale, reported downed trees and impassable roads.


Preliminary damage reports from Stewart County indicate it is one of the hardest hit from the flash flooding and severe weather:

• Homes: 10 destroyed and 7 with major damage
• Mobile Homes: 10 destroyed
• Public Buildings: 1 church destroyed, 2 churches with major damage, 1 ballpark with major damage
• Private Businesses: 1 day care destroyed and 1 Subway restaurant with major damage


Preliminary damage reports from Sumner County also show significant impact with 30 homes reported damaged and four bridges with major damage.


Local emergency agencies continue to assist residents impacted by the flash flooding, work to clear debris and clear roadways, and monitor weather forecasts.


Personnel at the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville are receiving situational updates from impacted counties, and coordinating information and resources with responding State agencies, to include: American Red Cross, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Tennessee Department of Military, Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.


There are no reports of fatalities or 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!


COUNTY-BY-COUNTY UPDATES

Cheatham – One home flooded; one flooded road re-opened
Davidson – No major flooding; some flooding on scattered back roads
Dickson – Ponding on many roads; some trees down
Macon – Reports two washed out roads; removing debris from one bridge and roadways
Montgomery – Several homes with flooded basements, one home damaged from lightning strike, estimates of 1,000 without power in the County
Overton – Trees down and some power outages
Putnam – Scattered downed trees and power outages; reporting water receding.
Robertson – County emergency management agency assessing damage to roads and homes
Smith – Scattered downed trees and power outages; reports water receding
Stewart – Two major roads still closed and scattered power outages
Sumner – Flood waters receding on most roads with scattered power outages throughout the county
Trousdale – High water with scattered power outages and road closures
Williamson – Few trees down and minor power outages
Wilson – Several side roads impassable; water receding


SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has shelters open in:

• Stewart County at the Bumpus Mills Church of Christ
• Sumner County at the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ


FORECAST
Flash flooding possible throughout the evening hours tonight and a flash flood watch remains in effect until 10 p.m., CDT. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Middle Tennessee until 9 p.m., CDT, as a complex of showers and thunderstorms move into Middle Tennessee. Some of the thunderstorms associated with this complex may be severe with damaging winds being the primary concern. A cold front enters Middle Tennessee Friday and may trigger strong to severe storms late in the day and evening with heat indices reaching into the low 100s.


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 situations. 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.