SERVICES: MetroCenter reopens to some; NES restoring power

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 3:22pm
Staff reports

MetroCenter opened earlier today for the area’s employees, business owners and deliveries, but the area is still closed to the general public.

The County Clerk’s main office, located in MetroCenter, is also closed, but satellite offices are open.

Metro officials are urging people returning to MetroCenter to look out for displaced wildlife that has been spotted in the area.

While MetroCenter appears to be gradually returning to normalcy, workers from Metro Water Services are continuing to monitor the levee separating MetroCenter from the Cumberland River.

Drivers can access MetroCenter at three locations:

• Rosa L. Parks Boulevard and Athens Way

• Freeland Station Road at Mainstream Drive

• Rosa L. Parks at Vantage Way 

Electricity being restored gradually

Four days after the record-crushing rains abated, the number of Nashville Electric Service customers without power has been halved, according to outage maps.

Portions of the NES grid are submerged and unreachable, making repairs impossible until the water level drops. The continued flooding in Bellevue remains an obstacle to NES crews, as does flooding around the River Road area in west Nashville. The West Substation, the McCrory Substation and the Stadium Substation at LP Field were extensively damaged by the flooding.