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May 3, 2011

State-wide status update, May 3, @ 1800 hrs.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 6 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

GOVERNOR HASLAM REQUESTS EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR FLOODING

Gov. Bill Haslam today asked President Barack Obama to authorize emergency funding of $10 million to assist the state and local jurisdictions with evacuation preparedness and activities in West Tennessee due to flooding that began April 21, 2011, a result of the record rainfall on the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.

Should this request be granted, local governments in Dyer, Lake, Shelby and Stewart counties would have access to direct federal assistance for evacuation actions. For additional details, visit http://news.tn.gov/node/7105.

MEDIA LINE

TEMA’s media line is (615) 741-0482.
Public Information Officers will be available for media interviews during operating hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

DEATHS & INJURIES

There are 36 confirmed fatalities in Tennessee.

Bledsoe County – 4
Bradley County – 9
Franklin County – 1
Greene County – 6
Hamilton County – 11
Johnson County – 2
Sequatchie County – 1
Washington County – 1
Williamson County – 1

There have been 94 confirmed injuries with the majority being reported from Hamilton County.

POWER OUTAGES

Currently, 11,500 customers are without power in the state.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuations have occurred in Dyer, Lake, Obion and Stewart counties, as well as low-lying areas of Memphis, as well as Millington, in Shelby County.

SHELTERS

There are currently 18 Red Cross shelters open in Tennessee with approximately 285 occupants.

EAST TN

Bledsoe County – First Southern Baptist Church
Bradley County – St. Terese Catholic Church
Greene County – Ruritan Building
Hamilton County– South Chattanooga Recreation Center
Johnson County– Johnson County Health Department
Rhea – Central Baptist Church Spring City

WEST TN

Dyer County – Dyersburg 1st Assembly of God
Lake County – Tiptonville 1st Baptist Church
Madison County – Jackson Central Merry High School
Obion County – 2nd Baptist Church, South Fulton Baptist Church
Shelby County – G.W. Henderson Recreation Center, The Hope Presbyterian Church of Memphis, Millington Civic Center, Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church, White Station Church of Christ, 8th Street Mission, First Assembly of God.

ASSISTANCE/DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERS

Call 2-1-1 for assistance or to donate goods, services or money to help communities in need.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and volunteer organizations active in disaster relief are partnering with the United Way of Tennessee to provide 2-1-1 as a single source for disaster survivors to get assistance from local groups and non-profits, as well as coordinate volunteer efforts with local agencies.

If you need help, call 2-1-1 and operators in the call centers will match the unmet need with the appropriate volunteer agency, non-profit group or charitable organization.

If you want to volunteer your time, goods, services or cash, you can call 2-1-1 and the operators will be able to coordinate your donation with the unmet needs in the community.

If you are having a life-safety emergency, you should always call 9-1-1.

WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Drinking water systems are operational.
Numerous wastewater systems have pump stations and manholes under water, causing localized overflows in the collection system. The city of Kenton’s wastewater treatment plant in Obion County is not operational.

TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

Four Tennessee State Parks are closed due to flooding: Fort Pillow in Lauderdale County, Johnsonville in Humphreys County, Mousetail Landing in Perry County and Reelfoot Lake in Lake County.

PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

Portable Generators – Exercise caution when using portable generators. Many residents might have turned to the gas-powered devices in the wake of the storm and tornado activity that has severed electric service to customers.
Remember to fuel the generators outdoors and to station them outdoors, to minimize the risk of asphyxiation from the fumes emitted by the generators. Do not connect them to a home’s electrical outlet, as doing so can pose a risk to personnel working to restore electrical service to a residential area.

High Water Precautions – The public is strongly encouraged to limit travel in flooded areas and use extreme caution. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown!
People are urged to avoid risky behavior, keeping clear of storm water drains, inlets and pipes whenever possible. Currents in flood ravaged areas can be particularly strong, proving challenging for even the most skilled water rescue personnel. Trying to unclog storm water drains can pose a dangerous situation and is a potential drowning hazard.

Potential Contamination – Flood waters may contain bacteria from human and animal wastes. While skin contact with flood water does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, the public should avoid direct contact with standing water when possible to lessen the chance for infection or illness. Chemical contamination of flood waters can also occur and contamination levels may be higher nearer to sources such as industrial locations. Skin and clothing should be washed thoroughly after contact with flood water.

Flood safety and health information from the Tennessee Department of Health at http://health.state.tn.us/FloodandSafety/floodandsafety.htm

The Department of Military, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Civil Air Patrol, American Red Cross, Tennessee Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, Nashville and Memphis Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and regional offices of the National Weather Service, are providing critical information and emergency protective services to supplement local efforts.