Nashville under flash flood warning as storms move through

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 11:57am
Staff reports

The National Weather Service has placed Nashville under a flash flood warning, with severe weather expected Wednesday.

Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today is continuing its partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to several rounds of severe weather that continue to move through the Nashville area, producing minor flash flooding and potentially damaging winds, hail and tornadoes Wednesday afternoon.    

According to the National Weather Service, approximately ½ inch of rain fell overnight in the Metro area and the two-day rainfall total projection of 3-4 inches continues to hold.    

Based on current rainfall projections, Whites Creek in the Bordeaux area, Mill Creek in Antioch/Nolensville Road area and the Harpeth River in Bellevue are anticipated to slightly exceed flood stage. These creeks will likely come out of their banks and into yards, but are not expected to threaten homes. All other tributaries are not expected to reach flood stage.   

Six resource staging areas have been established along the area tributaries as a precautionary measure to address flash flooding issues as needed.  Resources include swift water boats, buses (MTA or MNPS bus), Public Works trucks with road closure equipment (barricades, flashing lights, etc.), trucks with sandbags and a Metro Police officer/Davidson County Sheriff’s Office deputy positioned on-site. OEM volunteers and Metro Police officers continue to monitor area tributaries, reporting findings back to the EOC.

As a precautionary measure, Metro Police officers will make contact with multiple residents along Whites Creek and Richland Creek, making them aware of resources on standby in the event of flooding. Flash flooding is not expected to reach the homes.

The National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center updated the severe weather outlook for Davidson County from just out of the moderate risk area into a slight risk.

Metro’s Community Hotline is activated and available for citizens to call with questions or concerns. The hotline number is (615) 862-8574.

Updated information will be released from the Emergency Operations Center as it becomes available.