Morning Update: Metro Nashville Office Of Emergency Management Provides Updates On Tornado Recovery Progress

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) – The Nashville Office of Emergency Management announced progress on tornado recovery efforts in neighborhoods impacted by the devastating March 3rd tornadoes.

Metro Nashville Public Works:

In the immediate aftermath of the tornado, Public Works crews have been focused on coordinating with emergency responders and utility companies to clear the right-of-way, make roads passable, and provide assistance with closing and reopening roads.

While crews are still focused on the efforts above, we are also continuing process of removing curbside debris from affected areas.

  • A total of 2 right-of-way crews consisting of 3-5 people and 6 inspectors worked 12- hour shifts. Crews were out 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.
  • We had 10 MPW trucks and 27 Contractor trucks collecting storm debris from 6:30am-6:30pm.
  • Trucks will continue circulating throughout affected areas multiple times over the next few days and weeks.
  • We are encouraging residents to move debris to the curb and leave it there. Instructions for how to separate debris can be found on the Public Works website.
  • In addition, Public Works has had signal crews working 12-hour shifts since the event. Deployed 3 VMS signs to help with where both volunteer sites.

March 13, 2020

  • 3 Public works employees are working at 3 Disaster Assistance Centers.

Clearing Roadways & Alleys

  • 116 roads were initially closed as a result of the tornado.
  • 108 roads have been reopened.
  • 8 roads are still currently closed.
  • 60 alleys total were impacted.
  • 60 alleys are cleared from debris. 

Repairing Traffic Signals

  • 72 total traffic signals were damaged, or lacking power
  • 69 signals have been restored
  • 3 are undamaged, but require power to be restored

Repairing & Replacing Signage

  • 263 stop signs have been repaired or replaced
  • 5 temporary stops have been installed

Household Waste/Trash (As of 7pm)

  • Total tons of trash since March 7th–104.52

Amount of Debris Hauled (As of 7pm)

  • 2,950 loads totaling 119,396 cubic yards of debris have been hauled to transfer sites.

NES Updated Numbers:

  • 23 Outages
  • 192 Customers affected
  • 220-230 Crews working Thursday

NES Restoration Website:

Disaster Assistance Centers: (Previous Day Final)

  • Hadley Park Community Center: 35 guests
  • East: 54 guests
  • Hermitage: 65 guests

Emergency Shelter Numbers: (Previous Night)

  • Centennial Sportsplex: 78 Guests
  • Smith Springs Community Center: (This shelter closed Monday afternoon.)

FEMA Registration (Previous Day Final)

  • Daily Registration of March 12: 165
  • Cumulative total as of March 12: 1902
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