Flash Report #3 - Flooding

Saturday, August 21, 2021 | 10:06pm

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated overnight to support local assistance and resource requests in middle Tennessee’s storm-impacted counties.
  • A Reunification Center for flood survivors is set up at McEwen High School and is open until 10 p.m. tonight, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
  • The American Red Cross has set up a Flood in Tennessee online resource at www.safeandwell.org where flood survivors can register and let family and friends know they are safe.

CURRENT SITUATION

Severe weather continued in Middle Tennessee this evening with another round of damaging winds and heavy rainfall impacting many of the same counties hit with record flash flooding early in the day Saturday.

Saturday morning, an estimated 10 inches to 12 inches of rain fell across Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys counties causing dangerous flash flooding that covered roads, damaged residential areas, and activated emergency personnel for search and rescue operations.

FATALITIES & INJURIES

Because severe weather response operations are still underway, and the situation continues to evolve locally in the flood-impacted counties, the SEOC is not reporting either a confirmed total of weather-related fatalities or injuries.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • The Tennessee departments of Education, Health, and Human Services have established a Reunification Center at McEwen High School, 335 Melrose St. in McEwen, Tenn.  The Center is open until 10 p.m. Saturday and will be open Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Tennessee Dept. of Health will deploy crisis counseling teams to the impacted area on Sunday to help survivors and first responders.
  • The American Red Cross has set up a Flood in Tennessee online resource on www.safeandwell.org where flood survivors can register and let family and friends know they are safe.
  • Several shelters are open:
    • Waverly Church of Christ, 438 West Main St., Waverly, TN 
    • YMCA of Dickson County, 225 Henslee Dr, Dickson TN 37055
    • First Baptist Church, 300 E. Main St. Waverly TN 37185
    • Fairfield Church of Christ, 1860 TN-100, Centerville, TN 37033

POWER OUTAGES/UTILITIES

  • As of this evening, an estimated 10,000 are without power in the counties of Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, and part of Dickson.
  • Humphreys County is reporting disruptions to telecommunication systems.
  • A boil water advisory is in effect for the city of Waverly due to disruption with their water treatment facilities.

STATE RESPONSE OPERATIONS

  • The Tennessee National Guard and Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted local law enforcement agencies Saturday with helicopter response operations and water rescues.
  • The Tennessee Dept. of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are providing traffic control in the impacted area in support of multiple local law enforcement agencies.
  • The Tennessee Dept. of Health is assisting Three Rivers Community Hospital in Waverly, along with local long-term care facilities with access, resource, and support requests.
  • The Tennessee Dept. of Education is providing support to area school districts.
  • Tennessee Dept. of Human Services coordinating human needs support and resources with local and state agencies.
  • Tennessee’s Civil Air Patrol conducted aerial damage assessments Saturday.
  • Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster briefing volunteers in anticipation of deployment needs.

PROTECTIVE ACTIONS/ KEY MESSAGES

  • Monitor radio and television broadcasts for further weather information and instructions.
  • Charge electronic devices in case of loss of power.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roads or walkways. Turn around, don’t drown

FORECAST

  • Memphis:  Scattered thunderstorms tonight with a low of 74.
  • Nashville:  Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of thunderstorms. Low of 73.
  • Knoxville:  Thunderstorms possible tonight with a low around 70.

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