Flash Report #7 Extreme Winter Weather

Monday, January 22, 2024 | 04:58pm

• The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is activated at a Level 4 - Elevated to support local requests. 
• Emergency Service Coordinators (ESCs) from TDOT, TDEC, TDCI, TDH, THP, TN Department of Human Services, and more are monitoring the situation and assisting local jurisdictions as requested.  
• Commercial fuel drivers and commercial livestock and poultry industry drivers have been granted temporary hours of service waiver through Jan. 27. 

The extreme cold experienced last week is transitioning out of the state with this week’s forecast including warmer temperatures and rain in all parts of Tennessee starting Monday and extending through Friday. 

The effects of last week’s weather continue to cause damage to drinking water infrastructure across Tennessee. TEMA and TDEC expect that additional systems will experience problems or detect damages as ice and snow thaw with warming temperatures this coming week.

The State of Emergency declarations that TEMA Director Patrick C. Sheehan issued on behalf of Governor Bill Lee that waives commercial hours of service restrictions for vehicles transporting fuel, livestock, poultry, and feed for the livestock and poultry remains in effect until 3:59 p.m. Jan. 27. 

• As of 3:00 p.m. CST on Jan. 22, there are less than 200 power outage reports statewide.
• As of 4:00 p.m. CST on Jan. 22, 19 counties have reported water utilities with operational issues and 29 water systems have issued Boil Water Advisories. If you have lost water or have a loss of water pressure, check with our water system for more information and for recommended actions. 

Reported Issues w/ Boil Water Advisory In Affect
County Water-
Bedford- Shelbyville Flat Creek Water System
Carter- First Utility District of Carter County
Giles- Lynnville Water Department
Giles- Pulaski Water Department
Giles- Ardmore Water System
Giles- Minor Hill Water System
Giles- Tarpley Shop Utility District
Giles- South Giles Water System
Giles- Fairview Utility District
Hardin- Savannah Utility Department
Hardin- Limestone Water Utility, LLC as Aqua Utilities
Henderson- Lexington Water System
Henderson- Scotts Hill Water System
Henderson- Sardis Water System
Houston- Tennessee Ridge Water System
Houston- Erin Water System
Lauderdale- Lauderdale County Water System
Lawrence- Fall River Road Utility District
Lawrence- Loretto Water Department 
Lawrence- Summertown Water System
Lawrence- Lexington Water Department Rascaltown Community
Lawrence- Leoma Utility System
Lincoln- Petersburg Water System
McMinn- Resolute Forest Products
McNairy- Adamsville Water Department
McNairy- Michie Water Department
McNairy- Selmer Water System
Polk- Copperhill Water Department
Shelby- Memphis Light, Gas & Water

Reported Issues w/out Boil Water Advisory In Affect
Water System
Bedford- Bell Buckle Water System
Greene- Chuckey Utility District
Hickman- Centertown Water System
Lawrence- Northeast Lawrence Utility System
Lawrence- Lawrenceburg Utility System
Macon- Red Boiling Springs Utility District
Maury- Mount Pleasant Water System #1
Tipton- Mason Water Department

• If you are in need of a warming center, contact your local emergency management agency

• Crews continue to support communities with winter weather impacts. 
• Many roads, especially secondary routes, continue to be impacted. Drive cautiously. 
• Current road conditions can be checked on the TDOT SmartWay website

• THP continues to provide motorist assistance, traffic control, and support other law enforcement responsibilities. 

• The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 34 weather-related fatalities. 
    o Shelby County - 11
    o Knox County – 7
    o Madison County – 2
    o Marshall County - 2
    o Roane County – 2
    o Washington County- 2
    o Anderson County – 1
    o Carroll County – 1
    o Coffee County – 1
    o Henry County – 1 
    o Hickman County – 1 
    o Lauderdale County – 1
    o Marion County – 1
    o Van Buren County – 1

• Monitor local news for updated weather forecasts.
• Contact your local emergency management agency if you need immediate assistance. 
• Many secondary roads are still impacted. Drive cautiously. 
• Dialysis centers that are aware of transportation issues for their patients should contact their county emergency management agency for support.  

Memphis: Cloudy with overnight low temperatures in the upper 30s. Southeasterly winds between 10-20mph, gusting up to 30mph. Rain showers likely up to 0.25” overnight and up to an additional 0.50” during the day. Daytime high temperatures in the upper 50s.
Nashville: Cloudy with overnight low temperatures in the mid-30s. Southeasterly winds between 5-10mph, gusting up to 20mph. Daytime high temperatures in the lower 50s. Rain showers possible in the afternoon with less than 0.10” accumulation. 
Knoxville: Increasing clouds overnight with low temperatures in the upper 20s. Northeasterly winds between calm and 5mph. Daytime high temperatures in the upper 40s. Rain showers possible midday with less than 0.10” accumulation.
Chattanooga: Cloudy with overnight low temperatures in the mid-30s. Westerly winds between 5-10mph. Daytime high temperatures in the lower 50s. Rain showers possible in the afternoon with less than 0.10” accumulation.