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May 7, 2010

State-wide Status report, issued at 3 p.m. May 7, 2010

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a state-wide status report.
Fatalities:
There have been 21 confirmed fatalities – 1 tornado related, 1 from natural causes and the rest water-related deaths:
Davidson County – 10 (one of natural causes)
Perry County – 2
Stewart County – 2
Carroll County – 1
Williamson County – 1
Hickman County – 1
Montgomery County – 1
Gibson County – 1
Shelby County – 1
Hardeman County – 1 (tornado)


DISASTER DECLARATIONS AND FEMA ASSISTANCE
Six Additional Counties Authorized for Major Disaster Declaration – 27 Counties Total
The federal government Thursday authorized a major disaster declaration for 17 additional Tennessee counties, bringing the total number of counties declared to 27.


Counties declared Thursday include Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Decatur, Dickson, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Houston, Humphreys, Madison, Maury, Rutherford, Obion, and Sumner. Wednesday the federal government authorized six Tennessee counties – Dyer, McNairy, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby and Tipton counties. Four counties – Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman and Williamson – were authorized Tuesday.


Additional counties are expected to be added in the coming days.


Persons 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. Additional declarations are expected and will be announced as soon as they are made.
Residents and business owners who sustained loses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). In general, FEMA reports people should begin receiving assistance 5-10 days after completing the application.


TDOT AWARDS EMERGENCY CONTRACTS FOR FLOOD REPAIR
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely has awarded 10 emergency contracts to repair damage to bridges and highways as a result of the floods in west and middle Tennessee. TDOT had already begun the arduous process of assessing the damage to bridges and roads across the state. Click here for more information.


HICKMAN COUNTY
Residents who smell gas or sewer odors should report that to Centerville City Hall at 931.729.4246.
Other specific information for Hickman County residents, including information on local road closures, is available on the Hickman County Emergency Management Agency’s website.


WATER RESTRICTIONS
Water conservation in flood impacted areas is critical. We urge all water customers in affected areas to follow all conservation requests made by local utilities. 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 water conservation will be important until it is back online. 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:
• Use water for drinking and food preparation purposes only
• Delay washing clothes, running dishwashers and flushing toilets
• Avoid washing cars, and filling pools or hot tubs.
While the mandatory conservation order is issued for Metro Nashville-Davidson and Williamson counties, all residents in flood-impacted areas should practice water conservation measures.


BOIL WATER ADVISORIES
As of 2 p.m. on May 7, 2010, the following systems have boil water advisories in effect:
Please note: water systems may issue boil water notices only for portions of their distribution systems. Please call your water system if you have questions about your specific area.


Bon Aqua-Lyles Utility District (Hickman Co.)
Centerville Water System (Hickman Co.)
DeKalb County Utility District (DeKalb Co.)
Erin Water Treatment Plant (Houston Co.)
Ridgewood Park (Giles Co.)
Smithville Water System (DeKalb Co.)


The following systems no longer have boil water advisories in effect:
Ashland City Water Dept. (Cheatham Co.)
Brentwood (Williamson Co.)
Castilian Springs-Bethpage Utility District (Sumner Co.)
Celina Water System (Clay Co.)
Jackson Water System (Madison Co.)
Lexington Water Systems (Henderson Co.)
Lobelville Water Department (Perry Co.)
Michie Water Dept. (McNairy Co.)
Mount Pleasant Water System #1 (Maury Co.)
Poplar Grove Utility District (Tipton Co.)
Trenton Water System (Gibson Co.)
Waynesboro Water System (Wayne Co.)
Westmoreland Water System (Sumner Co.)


SCAMS
The public is reminded that legitimate FEMA staff won’t show up unannounced or ask for personal information, such as a Social Security number, or request payment at the time of the inspection. Never hesitate to ask someone who says they represent FEMA or another federal or state agency to show proper identification. Legitimate FEMA representatives set up appointments with flood victims before showing up to homes, and have personal data related to the homeowner. Whether residents have flood coverage or not, they should contact both their homeowners insurance carrier and FEMA, which can be contacted at 1-800-621-FEMA, or www.fema.gov. Also visit www.disasterasssitance.gov.


FEMA UPDATE
On Thursday, May 6th, at the request of President Obama and the Secretary of Homeland Security, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate made his second trip to Tennessee since the state was impacted by massive flooding resulting from last weekend’s severe weather. Administrator Fugate was joined by Governor Phil Bredesen and Red Cross Senior Vice President for Disaster Services Joe Becker. Administrator Fugate will be in West Tennessee on Friday, May 7.
Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) team are in the field meeting with people affected by the Tennessee storms and flooding that started April 30.


METRO NASHVILLE DAVIDSON COUNTY
Disaster Assistance Centers (Metro-Davidson County)
Disaster Information Centers can provide general information on utilities, social service assistance, and legal and insurance information. Citizens can drop by for information from 10am – 6pm Wednesday (5th) and Thursday (6th).


• Bellevue Community Center, 656 Colice Jeanne Rd. 37221, (615) 862-8435
• Coleman Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane 37211, (615) 862-8445
• East Park Regional Center, 700 Woodland Street 37206, (615) 862-8448
• Hadley Community Center, 1037 28th Avenue North 37208, (615) 862-8451
• Hermitage Community Center, 3720 James Kay Lane 37076, (615) 316-0843
For information, visit the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).


WATER DELIVERIES
A total of 167 truck loads of water are arriving from FEMA and two states, North Carolina and South Carolina. The water is being delivered to the following counties: Benton, Cheatham, Davidson, DeKalb, Gibson, Hickman, Perry, Stewart.


NATIONAL GUARD
More than 1,400 Tennessee National Guard soldiers have supported rescue, recovery, and support operations and are delivering water, food and relief supplies in conjunction with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency:
• Delivering food and water to counties in need, and performing any other tasks.
• Using LMTVs (Light Medium Tactical Vehicle) to deliver pallets of water.
• Many soldiers are working out of the National Guard Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna which has become the main hub for the Guard’s effort to distribute water and food to the surrounding counties.
• One mission includes delivering food and beverages to a Red Cross distribution site in south Nashville.


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. As of Friday, May 7, the Hotline is also taking calls from people who need volunteer help. Anyone who needs the assistance of volunteers for help cleaning homes, etc., may call the Hotline. The toll free number is (866) 586-4483, and the hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT daily.


Metro Nashville-Davidson County Donations
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.


VOLUNTEERS
Anyone wanting to volunteer to assist with disaster relief should visit the Website for Hands on Nashville at www.hon.org to register and search for volunteer opportunities. In the Middle Tennessee area dial 211 to inquire about volunteer opportunities.


UNSOLICITED HELP CAN HURT
Know How to Provide Help That Makes a Positive Difference
Donated goods and volunteers who 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.


SHELTERS
The Red Cross reports that 16 shelters are open, with 12 others available if needed. The current population is at 406. No significant increases or demand is expected. At highest– occupancy was approximately 1,300.


POWER OUTAGES
As of 11:30 a.m. May 7, TVA estimates approximately 3,300 total customers without power. The estimate is subject to change as waters continue to recede and customers are able to access their property. At peak, 150,000 customers were without power.


RIVER LEVELS
According to the National Weather Service, the Cumberland River at Clarksville crested at 62.5 feet. The record level is 57.1 feet. As of 12:30 a.m. CST, Friday, May 7, 2010, the observed level in Clarksville was 52.02 feet. The flood stage is 46 feet. 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, Friday, May 7, 2010, the observed level in Nashville was 32.3 feet. Flood stage is 40 feet. The river in Nashville dropped below flood stage Thursday afternoon. Click for more information on river levels.


RESCUE OPERATIONS/RIVER PATROLS
Three crisis response teams have been deployed to West Tennessee and two are working in Middle Tennessee to support local emergency management agencies.
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.


THP Special Operations Support:
In Cheatham County, THP has 2 Special Ops boats with four men on station. Strike Team 1 with 10 Troopers on station and 1 Ranger helicopter on standby.
In Lawrenceburg District, THP continues to provide 5 units on road closures at Highway 50 at Brighton and Highway 100 at Mill Creek.
On Sunday, May 2, 2010, THP Huey conducted 5 airborne operations, airlifting 11 people from I-40 near Bellevue and Centerville. On Monday May 3, 2010, THP Huey conducted 12 airborne operations, airlifting 25 people. 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 3 p.m. May 6, 2010, THP had conducted 31 airborne operations, airlifted 40 people and 10 dogs.


STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS
State building closure information is available on the state website.


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. Highways in Hickman and Cheatham County continue to open with State Route 50 and State Route 48 opening Friday along with State Route 250 in Cheatham County. Updated road closure and road opening information can be found at the TDOT SmartWay website or by calling the Tennessee Highway Patrol hotline: 1.800.342.3258.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has waived enforcement of HOV lanes Metro-Davidson County for 30 days to facilitate the movement of traffic on the highways in metropolitan areas.
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. Metro Bus service resumed Thursday.


STATE OF EMERGENCY
A state of emergency was declared in Tennessee on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. with the activation of the State’s Emergency Operations Center and theTennessee Emergency Management Plan (TEMP). This state of emergency will be in effect for at least 60 days.


For more information about this process, please refer to:
TEMA’s Mission & Empowerment page:
Tennessee Code Annotated 58-2-107, which establishes the Emergency management powers of the Governor:


NOTE TO MEDIA
The TEMA MEDIA LINE (615) 741-0482 will begin to operate at 7 a.m. and close for the evenings at 10 p.m., effective Thursday, May 6 and for the remainder of the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville. After hours, callers may leave a message and it will be returned by TEMA during hours of operation.