This memo is directly from the Mayor’s Office. Lots of good information in here. Hope everyone is safe out there. Village is doing what we can to help. Stay tuned for info about a food drive we are participating in to help the Second Harvest Food Bank and how donations to the Village Fund will go directly to local flood relief efforts.
RECOVERY EFFORTS EXPAND AS CUMBERLAND RIVER BEGINS TO RECEDE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Dean outlined the expansion of recovery efforts as the Cumberland River begins to recede. The Cumberland River crested between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, May 3. The water is expected to continue to recede slowly and return back below flood level (40 feet) before the end of the week. The Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water from the dam as part of its normal course of operation.
MetroCenter is improving and pumping of water away from levee continues today. MetroCenter and First Avenue downtown remain evacuated at this time. Second Harvest Food Bank is relocating its food supply from its MetroCenter location to Nashville International Airport, which is being used for storage, staging and distribution efforts.
Coordination meetings related to the evacuated areas continue and updates will be forthcoming. In the meantime, it is vitally important that citizens stay out of these evacuated areas.
Hands On Nashville Volunteer Efforts
Nashvillians have and will continue to make remarkable contributions as flood volunteers. In the last 48 hours, more than 7,000 volunteers have registered with Hands On Nashville. Today they will begin staffing Disaster Information Centers and distributing Second Harvest’s Emergency Food Boxes in critical areas, like Antioch, East Nashville, and Opryland/Donelson. As clean-up and recovery continues, the use of volunteers will increase dramatically. If you are interested in serving as a flood volunteer, please register at www.hon.org.
Very specific donation requests include large quantities of the following: diapers, formula, cleaning supplies and rubber gloves, wet vacs, brooms, mops, and generators. If citizens have large quantities, they should contact the Community Foundation.
As citizens start cleanup efforts, it is important to document everything and keep receipts. As soon as FEMA assistance is available, the public will be provided with information about how they can apply for assistance. FEMA will have 800 numbers and Web sites.
The shelter in Bellevue located at 655 Colice-Jeanne Road is full and has closed. All other shelters remain open. Bellevue citizens are encouraged to seek shelter at Gordon Jewish Community Center located at 801 Percy Warner Blvd.
Citizens Encouraged to Check on Neighbors
Dr. Paul encourages congregations and neighbors to check on elderly residents in their homes and report those to Metro Health. Elderly neighbors who have been sheltering may need medical assistance or other services. If citizens find a senior with medical emergency they should call 911 and other assistance needs should be directed to211.
Nashville Electric Service
All circuits coming out of the East Network substation of the Demonbreun substation are out of service. All businesses in the area from Fifth Avenue to First Avenue and from Demonbreun Street to Commerce Street are without power. Power will be out for the next few days downtown due to water in underground vaults. NES has 54 crews working the current outages, and 3,500 total customers without power.
Citizens should be aware of contractors and others who may claim to be associated with local, state or federal agencies. One reported case involves people claiming to be Metro Codes inspectors. Note that all Metro Codes inspectors travel in Metro vehicles. If they are on foot, Metro Codes inspectors will have Metro IDs as proof of their association with Metro. Citizens are cautioned to only work with licensed contractors and to seek multiple bids before having repairs done. To report suspected consumer fraud, file a report with the Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division at http://tn.gov/consumer/index.shtml.
Status of Omohundro Water Plant and Continued Need for Water Conservation
All Metro Water customers continue to receive services, and there are no outages reported at this time. The public water supply provided by Metro Water continues to be safe, but there is some concern that Nashville could experience a water shortage if conservation measures are not taken. Customers are directed to use water for drinking and food preparation only.
The Omohundro Water Treatment Plant continues to operate at normal capacity. The sandbagging operation is maintaining flood protection. However, with the K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant out of operation, it is imperative that citizens conserve water. Lack of conservation efforts has resulted in a 15 percent loss of reserves.
Customers in higher elevations may experience reduced water pressure. If a customer loses pressure completely or has discolored water, they should contact Metro Water Services at (615) 862-4600. Harpeth Valley Utilities District treatment plant has also been affected by the flood and their customers are asked to conserve water for essential uses as well.
Bottled Water Distribution
Metro Southeast is being used as a staging area for distribution of donated bottled water to area mobile feeding stations at St. Edwards Church and Bellevue Baptist Church. Walmart, Sam’s Club, Purity Dairies, and Kroger have donated bottled water.
No additional fatalities reported at this time
The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management has confirmed a total of ten fatalities in Davidson County that are thought to be flood related.
Red Cross Shelters Remain Open
All Red Cross shelters remain open as the operation moves from response to recovery. Damage assessments are being conducted by interdepartmental teams that will provide information to enable long term planning.
Juvenile Court Cancelled
All proceedings at Juvenile Court are cancelled for Wednesday, May 5.
Road Closure Update
No new updates. Public Works is working mudslides and debris and gravel removal.
Disaster Information Centers and Assistance Open Today at Noon
Community-based response for social and human services has begun in coordination with the Metro EOC and Nashville Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Today at noon Metro will open two Disaster Information Centers to provide general information on utilities, social service assistance, and legal and insurance information. Centers will be staffed by volunteers, Parks Department and other Metro employees. Citizens can drop by for information from 12-8pm.
Bellevue Community Center
656 Colice Jeanne Rd. 37221
Coleman Community Center
384 Thompson Lane 37211
We will have Salvation Army mobile feeding stations available nearby at St. Edwards Church and Bellevue Baptist Church to provide lunch and dinner for individuals and families who need information support. These centers will not be equipped for medical assistance. Citizens who need emergency assistance are urged to call 911. Metro continues to coordinate volunteers through Hands On Nashville www.hon.org;
Office of the Mayor