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May 5, 2010

State-wide Status report, issued at 3 p.m. May 5, 2010

State-wide Status report issued at 3 p.m. May 5, 2010

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a state-wide status report.

Fatalities:

There have been 20 confirmed fatalities – 1 tornado related, 1 from natural causes and the rest water-related deaths:
Davidson County – 10 (natural cause)
Perry County – 2
Stewart County – 2
Carroll County – 1
Williamson County – 1
Hickman County – 1
Montgomery – 1
Gibson County – 1
Hardeman County – 1 (tornado)

Metro Center, the Opryland area and parts of downtown near the river are still evacuated.

Governor Phil Bredesen toured flood-damaged areas of Northern Middle Tennessee, including Montgomery and Sumner Counties this afternoon, Wednesday, May 5.

Joining the Governor in Clarksville:

Gen. Jim Bassham, TEMA Director
Gen. Max Haston, Adjutant General
Rep. Joe Pitts
Sen. Tim Barnes
Rep. Curtis Johnson
Rep. Mike McDonald

Joining the Governor for a press conference at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Airport following the tour:

Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers
Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper
Montgomery County EMA Director Steve Jones
Other local officials

Disaster Declarations & FEMA Assistance

Two counties have been added to the disaster declarations on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 – Dyer and Montgomery. The federal government authorized a major disaster declaration for four Tennessee counties Tuesday, May 4. Tuesday’s action makes federal funding available to individuals in Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman and Williamson Counties. Additional counties are expected to be added in coming days.

 Public concerned about the issue of counties who have yet to receive declarations should NOT call emergency management agencies. These calls tie up emergency response resources. Residents and business owners who sustained loses in the four designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). As of May 05, 2010 at 3:16 p.m., the total number of registrations for the Individual Assistance program for Tennessee are 5,259. (Web Registrations: 2,133 and Call Center Registrations: 3,126)

Governor Phil Bredesen asked President Obama Monday to declare 52 counties federal disaster areas following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state beginning Friday, April 30.

FEMA officials arrived at the SEOC Monday, May 3. They began to assess damage throughout the state Tuesday.

FEMA Actions:

 A FEMA liaison officer has been with TEMA since Sunday to serve as a link between the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and FEMA.
 FEMA opened their regional coordination center in Atlanta on Sunday to support operations in Tennessee.
 FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate met with the Governor in Nashville Monday.

In addition to FEMA, federal agencies working to help Tennesseans include: the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

VOLUNTEERS

Anyone wanting to volunteer to assist with disaster relief should access the website for Hands on Nashville at www.hon.org or dial 211 in the Middle Tennessee area.

UNSOLICITED HELP CAN HURT

Know How to Provide Help That Makes a Positive Difference

Donated goods and volunteers that are not specifically needed in a disaster area can hurt more than help, sometimes causing what disaster officials call a “secondary” disaster.

Officials working the recovery from flooding in Tennessee are asking media and the general public to ask how they can help before they try to donate clothing, food or coordinate other donation drives. In Tennessee, a simple telephone call to (866) 586-4483 is the best way to start trying to help.

DONATION HOTLINE FOR TENNESSEE FLOOD DISASTER OPEN

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has activated the Tennessee Emergency Donations Hotline to accept contributions to support state flood victims. Volunteers will begin answering calls at 8 a.m. on Wed., May 5. The toll free number is (866) 586-4483, and the hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT daily.

Metro Nashville-Davidson County

Very specific donation requests include large quantities of the following: diapers, baby formula, cleaning supplies and rubber gloves, wet vacs, brooms, mops, dehumidifers and generators. If citizens have large quantities, they should contact the Community Foundation of Middle TN at www.cfmt.org or 321-4939. The most urgent need continues to be cash donations, which can be made to the Metro Disaster Fund at CFMT.

RESCUE OPERATIONS/RIVER PATROLS

Rescue operations continue. TWRA now has two teams in Montgomery County conducting River Patrols. The Coast Guard has 1 team with 3 boats in Davidson County. THP Special Ops has two boats operating in Cheatham County. Three county teams are also operating in Cheatham County. Two THP Ranger helicopters are operating in West and Middle Tennessee. A THP Huey is on standby for search and rescue.

Rescues by state or federal agencies in support of local government:

U.S. Coast Guard – 250 people
TWRA – 344 people in Nashville, four in Cheatham County and three in the city of Celina.

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, THP Huey conducted 5 airborne operations, dropping off 400 gallons of water to 100 people in 3 locations and rescuing isolated individuals in flooded areas along the Harpeth River. As of 6 a.m. May 4, 2010, THP had conducted 31 airborne operations, airlifted 40 people and 10 dogs.
Cheatham County EMA is asking anyone who has sought shelter with friends, relatives or at a hotel or motel, to check in with local authorities so they can confirm everyone is OK. Public should call 615-792-5770.

The EPA is conducting aerial survey. No major hazmat releases reported.

SHELTERS

The Red Cross reports that 26 shelters are open, with seven others available if needed. The current population is at 367. No significant increases or demand is expected.

WATER RESTRICTIONS

Water conservation in flood impacted areas is critical. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mandatory water conservation order for Metro Nashville-Davidson County and Williamson County, including the cities of Franklin and Brentwood, continues to be in effect. One of Metro Nashville’s two water treatment facilities remains out of service and the water reserves are being further depleted every day. In addition, the Harpeth Valley Utility District, which serves part of Metro-Davidson and Williamson counties, is operating at half capacity. Flushing toilets are the number one cause of water use, showering is second. To help prevent a water shortage, water customers are directed to practice the following conservation measures:

 Using water for drinking and food purposes only
 Delaying clothes washing, running dishwashers and flushing toilets
 Avoiding washing cars, and filling pools and hot tubs.

While the mandatory conservation order is issued for Metro-Davidson and Williamson counties, all residents in flood-impacted areas should practice water conservation measures.

As of 10 a.m. on May 5, 2010, the following systems have boil water advisories in effect:
Please note: water systems may issue boil water notice for only portions of their distribution systems. Please call your water system if you have questions about your specific area.

 Ridgewood Park (Giles Co.)
 Centerville Water System (Hickman Co.)
 Bon Aqua-Lyles Utility District (Hickman Co.)
 Mount Pleasant Water System #1 (Maury Co.)
 Lobelville Water Department (Perry Co.)
 Waynesboro Water System (Wayne Co.)
 Celina Water System (Clay Co.)
 Trenton Water System (Gibson Co.)
 Michie Water Dept. (McNairy Co.)
 Ashland City Water Dept. (Cheatham Co.)

As of 10 a.m. on May 5, 2010, the following systems no longer have boil water advisories in effect:

 Brentwood (Williamson Co.)
 Jackson Water System (Madison Co.)
 Castilian Springs-Bethpage Utility District (Sumner Co.)
 Westmoreland Water System (Sumner Co.)
 Poplar Grove Utility District (Tipton Co.)
 Lexington Water Systems (Henderson Co.)

POWER OUTAGES: TVA REPORTS

Distributer Customers Out County Expected Restoration
Meriwether Lewis EC 1,000 Hickman Thursday
Meriwether Lewis EC 150 Perry Wednesday (End of Day)
Meriwether Lewis EC 100 Humphries Wednesday (End of Day)
Pickwick EC 350 McNairy 2-3 Days
NES 3,682 Williamson Unsure
Dickson ES 165 Dickson Unsure
Clarksville DE 350 Montgomery Unsure
MLGW 40 Shelby Unsure

FUEL
Fuel availability and supply in Middle and West Tennessee are generally in good shape and the situation continues to improve. There may still be localized problems of tankers getting to fuel terminals due to power outages and road access, but there is NOT a fuel shortage in Tennessee. This is a localized distribution issue, not a supply issue. All wholesalers have the ability to receive gasoline and are receiving fuel from other distribution terminals from throughout the region. With the addition of Nashville terminals expected to return to service within days, supply and distribution will significantly improve. The state continues to work to ensure fuel quality standards and the price for regular unleaded remains below the national average. The state is monitoring the situation and working with the fuel industry to minimize impacts.

RIVER LEVELS
According to the National Weather Service the Cumberland River at Nashville crested at 51.86 ft. The record level is 56.2 recorded in 1929. As of 12:30 p.m. CST, the level was 48.35 feet. Flood stage is 40 feet.
For more information on river levels, visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ohx/ .

STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS
Some State facilities remain closed while several reopened today, Wed., May 5th. State building closure information is available on the state website, www.tn.gov , and in each agency’s newsroom.

PUBLIC SAFETY/ASSISTANCE
Tetanus boosters are recommended for people who have not had one in the last 10 years, and who are involved in cleanup efforts and coming in contact with floodwater. If you receive a puncture wound or wound gets contaminated, consult a doctor or local health department to determine if a tetanus booster is needed, based on individual records.

Residents should watch for moisture in their homes, which can develop into mold. And, residents who have lost power should throw away any food they suspect of spoiling.

TRANSPORTATION
Major Interstates and roadways are open. Smaller State Highways continue to open across West and Middle Tennessee. Updated road closure and road opening information can be found at the TDOT SmartWay Road Information or by calling the Tennessee Highway Patrol hotline: 1.800.342.3258.

Music City Star Commuter Service – All tracks have been inspected with one bridge being repaired, however the Riverfront station is underwater and service has been suspended. The commuter service is expected to resume operations on Monday, May 10, 2010.