Fisher keeps watch as Titans' facility remains above flood waters

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 1:21pm

Jeff Fisher heard reports of a possible leak in a levee near the Mainstream Drive in MetroCenter and decided to see for himself.

The Tennessee Titans’ head coach arrived at the team’s practice facility on Mainstream Drive, early Monday morning, and not long after walked across the street and looked at the levee.

As of mid-day, his estimate was that the water was 6-8 feet from the top and that there were no signs that the barrier had been comprised.

Similarly, the Titans’ facility, which includes three outdoor practice fields, one indoor practice field, a locker room, weight room and the franchise’s executive offices had experienced no damage from floods brought on by record-setting rain throughout the weekend.

“We’re waiting for the (Cumberland) River to crest,” Fisher said. “Obviously, we still don’t know what is going to happen.”

MetroCenter was closed by city officials, and Fisher estimated that he was one of only handful of people – mostly security staff – in the building.

During the weekend staff members had moved important equipment into the indoor practice facility and surrounded it with sand bags as a precaution.

Fisher said water had risen as high as the fence line that surrounds the practice field.

“It’s close, but there has been absolutely no damage,” Fisher said.

At LP Field, the situation was not nearly as good.

An NES substation, which provides power to the Titans’ stadium, was shut down when it was threatened by rising water. Thus the pumps at the venue stopped operating.

According to a team spokesperson, the service level, which includes locker rooms for the Titans and Tennessee State University, and the playing surface – the lowest point of the facility – were filling with water during the afternoon.