Metro says flood waters receding, Cumberland not at risk of flooding

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 6:21pm

By mid-afternoon, Metro authorities had responded to 211 calls for water related incidents, after heavy rain and flash flooding in parts of northern Davidson County left, Metro officials said.

Most of the calls came in before 10 a.m. and were largely for people stranded in vehicles or homes with rising water. During a two-hour time frame, approximately 1,800 emergency and non-emergency calls were received. Only one injury has been reported.

Mayor Karl Dean said that Dry Creek and Whites Creek, two waterways that contributed to flash flooding have begun to recede, and added that the Cumberland River “is not at any risk of flooding at this point.”

The Tennessee Titans preseason game at LP Field and the first concert in the Live on the Green series at the Public Square are both scheduled to go on as planned.

Standing with officials from Metro Water Services, Fire, Police, Public Works, the National Weather Service and the Red Cross, Dean held a briefing from Metro’s Emergency Communications Center on Thursday afternoon.

“Clearly, we take the risk for flooding seriously and I want to take this opportunity to urge the same of our residents, folks working in Nashville and our visitors,” Dean said. “If you encounter rising water or even standing water covering a roadway, turn around and find an alternate route. There is no way to judge the true depth or strength of flood waters, and currents can change rapidly during an ongoing flood. Please do not go through standing water on a road way.”

While heavy rains are expected over the next several days, the National Weather Service does not anticipate significant flooding. Thursday’s flood warning has been extended until 6 p.m.

Parts of northern Davidson County received as much as seven inches of rain Thursday morning, and the mayor’s office said the storms have damaged 100 homes and businesses and displaced 300 individuals, many of which are from the Parkwood Villa Apartments on Brick Church Pike. Metro Codes is currently doing property damage assessments.

The following information is from the mayor’s office:

Debris

Residents with wet items needing to be disposed of can place them at the curb and contact 311 or 862-8750 to arrange pick up or go to www.nashville.gov/public-works to complete an on-line customer service request form.

Infrastructure

Road closures have included:

  • 1436 Neeley’s Bend Road due to the collapse of a 72-inch culvert. The section of the road will remain closed for repairs for two to four weeks, and a detour is in place.
  • 100 Harris Street in Madison

Several Davidson County roads are open but have damage, including:

  • 328 Forest Park Road
  • West Hamilton Drive, where debris clean-up has taken place
  • Larkspur Drive at Ewing Drive
  • Neeley’s Bend Road at Idlewild Drive, where debris clean-up has taken place
  • Neeley’s Bend Road at Kensley Drive, where the shoulder was washed out


Metro Schools

Metro Nashville Public Schools has dismissed today at normal times. However, bus drivers were instructed not to enter flooded areas or drive through standing water. Children unable to be delivered home due to road conditions would be taken back to school and parents contacted to make other transportation arrangements. Rose Park at Johnson School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 9, due to flooding at the school.

Emergency Shelters

The Red Cross is responding to help meet emergency needs for more than 300 people in the area who have been affected by the flash floods and currently have two emergency shelters open at the following locations:

  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7594 Old Hickory Blvd.
  • Hadley Park Community Center (scheduled to open at 4 p.m.), 1037 28th Avenue North

Additionally, two Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are responding to deliver water and snacks to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church shelter location and the Parkwood Villa Apartments. The Red Cross is also partnering with the Salvation Army to assist with feeding efforts.

The Red Cross encourages anyone going to a Red Cross emergency shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. It is also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.

The fastest way to find an open Red Cross shelter is to visit www.redcross.org or iPhone users can download a free Red Cross Shelter View app from the app store. If you do not have access to a computer or iPhone, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected to your local chapter. Shelter locations are updated every 30 minutes, so it may take a few minutes for new shelters to appear.

If citizens would like to help, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.