Open thread: Sharp drop in city's water supply

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 12:06pm
Staff reports

12:59 p.m.: Metro’s reservoir supply has decreased from 66 percent of its capacity yesterday to 48 percent this morning, according to Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter.

“That concerns me and alarms me,” Potter said. “We’ve got to get people to conserve water because as the demand increases, our reserve capacity is going to go down.”

Nashville’s lone functioning water treatment plant is Omohundro, with the K.R. Harrington plant submerged. 

Tuesday, 12:07 p.m.: Metro's airports are both operational. Nashville International Airport received some minor interior flooding and some flooding on the perimeter road, both of which have been fixed, according to spokeswoman Emily Richard. 

She also said that John C. Tune Airport is running on a backup generator for its terminal, airfield and hangars. 

Check for BNA flight information. 


7:57 p.m.: Two more are believed dead as a result of the weekend’s flooding, which would raise the total number of casualties in Davidson County to 10.

Metro Police detectives are at two separate locations in Bellevue investigating two suspected flood-related deaths. A man’s body was recovered from standing water in the Indian Hills area of Bellevue, while an elderly woman’s body was recovered from her River Plantation home.

Earlier today, police recovered the body of an elderly man in a wooded area behind Kroger on Harding Road. His 65-year-old wife was recovered several hundred yards away. The couple was reportedly driving to church Sunday when their car was swept away by the floodwaters.

6:30 p.m.: RiverGate Mall will be closing at 7 p.m. tonight, due to a power outage in a portion of the mall.

6:15  p.m.: The Metro Police Department has confirmed the bodies of two more apparent flood victims have been recovered in Belle Meade.

Police aren’t yet releasing the names of the elderly couple, believed to be driving to church Sunday morning when their car was washed off of Harding Road.

That discovery brings Davison County’s flood death toll to eight, up from six as announced Monday morning.

5:45 p.m.: The Justice A.A. Birch Building will be closed Tuesday, according to the Criminal Court Clerk’s office.

The office posted a message on its website stating courts would be closed. A posting on the clerk’s Facebook page read, “We have been advised by [Office of Emergency Management] via Metro Legal that the Birch Building will be closed tomorrow.”

5 p.m.: TDOC has upped the number of inmates being evacuated to more than 250. Several housing units at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex in West Nashville have been affected by the recent flood.

• 114 inmates have been moved to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Lauderdale County.
• Forty-six inmates have been moved to the nearby Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility.
• Thirty-eight inmates have been transferred to the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County.
• Thirty-eight inmates have been moved to the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Hickman County.
• Twenty-three inmates have been moved to the South Central Correctional Complex in Hardeman County.

4:30 p.m.: The Department of Correction has begun the process of evacuating more than 100 inmates from a Nashville prison due to flooding.

Several housing units at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex in west Nashville have been affected by the recent flood.

Forty-six inmates have been moved to the nearby Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility. Forty inmates have been transferred to the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County. Thirty-eight inmates are being moved to the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Hickman County.

“The flooding has affected our department as it has so many businesses and homes across Tennessee,” said Deputy Commissioner David G. Mills. “We are very proud of the efforts provided by our committed staff during this very difficult time.”

Several Nashville prisons had been without power on Sunday. Service has since been restored. No other major problems have been reported at TDOC facilities.

4:25 p.m.: Volunteers are needed until 6 p.m. to help with sandbagging at MetroCenter.
There is an immediate need for volunteers to help sandbagging at Metro Center.

Volunteers must be able to participate in heavy lifting and have their own transportation.

Parking will be available in the large lot next to the Nissan dealership at 25 Vantage Way. From there make your way toward the river and look for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

4:15 p.m.:  The Cumberland River is still rising, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials with the agency said this afternoon they expect the river to crest at 52.5 feet by about 8 p.m.

City officials have begun sandbagging the area around the Omohundro Water Treatment Plant, and the state is now assisting sandbagging efforts at the MetroCenter levee. Second Harvest Food Supply is relocating goods from its MetroCenter location as well.

Officials in Brentwood have advised residents to boil water before drinking it, as there is now a risk of contamination.

Court offices and health department locations are expected to reopen Tuesday morning. All General Sessions Court and State Trial Court dockets will be open, and General Sessions cases canceled today have been moved to Tuesday.

Officials with Metro Public Works are asking residents to begin depositing items for debris pickup now. The debris is to be placed in three separate piles: white good and metals, such as appliances; construction and demolition debris, which includes carpet, lumber, windows and so forth; and vegetation. The department reminds residents that items should not be placed in any alleyways.

To keep up with road closures, visit .

4:10 p.m.: The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce has established an account to provide assistance to the area flood victims.

All donations will be accepted at 177-A Belle Forest Circle, Nashville, TN 37221. Checks can be made payable to Bellevue Flood Aide.

For more information, contact Executive Director Tonya Robbins at 414-3315, President Sheri Weiner at 347-7544 or the Chamber office at 662-2737.

3:10 p.m.: Metro schools will be closed Tuesday, May 4. No decision has been reached about makeup days.

Metro reported that 50 schools are reporting some sort of wind or water damage, but none of it is significant and all can be easily fixed and cleaned up. Antioch Middle School and the Academy at Opry Mills have no power, but other schools are fully powered. Many schools are still inaccessible because of flooding on the roads. Schools will open again as soon as the water recedes from the roadways.

2:45 p.m.: District 1 flood relief meetings planned

Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr. will hold two meetings — one tonight and one Wednesday night — to discuss emergency flood relief.

The first meeting will be tonight at 6 p.m. at Knowles Assisted Living Facility on Camilla Caldwell Lane.

The second meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 at the North Police Precinct on 26th Avenue North.

Matthews said he wants to provide as many answers as possible to resident of District 1.

1:25 p.m.: Metro police have cleared all pedestrians from Second Avenue, echoing the request through megaphones with urgency in their voices. Police have asked pedestrians — many of whom appear to be tourists — to remain at or behind Third Avenue and Broadway. There is water covering First Avenue, and it may continue to rise as the day progresses.

12:45 p.m.: Metro has established damage assessment teams that began scouring the city Monday morning to take stock of damage to city buildings and infrastructure.

According to Dean, the offices of the public defender and the district attorney, the Juvenile Justice Center, Old Hickory Library and Frederick Douglass Head Start Facility have sustained "significant" flood damage.

12:35 p.m.: Officials expected the Cumberland to crest at 51.5 feet around noon today. The waters flooded over the banks and have flowed into the downtown area. Residents on 1st Avenue have been evacuated; floodwaters were close to a story high in at least one downtown condo building.

This doesn't mean flooding is going to stop when the river crests. The National Weather Service predicts flooding to continue for at least the next 24 hours, to be followed by a gradual decrease beginning Tuesday night.

12:30 p.m.: The Nashville Electric Service reports that, at the storm's height, 42,000 people were without power. That number is now around 14,000. NES has also taken some flooded areas and buildings offline, including the Pinnacle building, MetroCenter, the LP Field substation, Schermerhorn, and the Market Row condos.

NES lost 37 trucks — including 19 bucket trucks — as well as tools linemen and women use for repairs, CEO and President Decosta Jenkins said. Its West Service Center is flooded and offline.

There are 29 NES crews and 30 private contractors working 12-hour shifts to restore power. Jenkins said he expects the city to be back at full power within a few days.

12:05 p.m.: FOP lodge opens as a rest and recovery center for police officers

The Fraternal of Police has opened the Jerry Atnip Lodge Hall for relief and recovery of police officers.

“Our police officers and all of the emergency services in Nashville have done heroic work since the beginning of the flooding in the city,” Sgt. Robert O Weaver, president of the FOP in Nashville. “This is an effort to begin to respond to the responders.”

The FOP has been in contact with the National FOP Disaster Relief Committee to provide assistance once we determine what the needs of officers are. The Lodge is also open to receive donations for police officers and police families as needed. The Lodge is located at 440 Welshwood Dr and can be reached at 831-2464.

“We do know that we have officers who have been in difficult situations for several hours and they may not even know what their own losses are,” Weaver said. “The FOP is ready to assist officers in Nashville.”

The FOP is working in conjunction with emergency services to provide assistance to first responders in Nashville.

11:40 a.m.: The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management has confirmed a total of six fatalities in Davidson County that are thought to be flood related.

The body of Robert Woods, 74, was recovered Monday morning near his West Hamilton Avenue home. He was reportedly in his yard yesterday when he was swept away by flood waters.

The body of Joshua Landtroop, 21, of Valley Way, was recovered Sunday near Bell Road and Blue Hole Road. He was swept away by flood waters in the area Saturday.

Andrew J. England, 78, and Martha England, 80, were found deceased Sunday evening inside their 908 Delray Drive home. They are believed to be the victims of a flash flood.

Two bodies were recovered Sunday from a vehicle found upside down in standing water on Sawyer Brown Road. Joseph Formosa, 88, and Bessie Formosa, 78, of Sawyer Brown Road attempted to drive across the flooded roadway when their vehicle was swept away.

Also, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, three men tied inner tubes together to “raft” on Mill Creek. A short time later, the inner tubes broke apart near the Mill Creek Bridge. A 19-year-old man managed to swim ashore. The other two men are missing.

11:35 a.m. Red Cross offers home cleanup advice. Nonprofit offers tips to begin the cleanup process for entering and repairing a flooded home.


11:20 a.m.: Franklin officials say the city’s water is safe to drink.

The water supplied by both the city’s water system and the utility districts that supply water to residents, are useable and drinkable. Officials have no plans to shut off the water supply to residents.

The city of Franklin’s Waste Water system is reaching its limit, but is still able to operate. Residents are asked to be conservative with their consumption of water. Limiting activities such as laundry, showers, and using dishwashers, will help conserve the City’s waste water supply and allow the system time to recover.

As a precaution, residents are encouraged to fill a couple of jugs or bottles of water. Having extra water on hand is a good practice in weather emergencies.

11:15 a.m.: Fifty Davidson County Sheriff’s Office inmates will start bagging approximately 72 tons of sand at the Correctional Services Division warehouse, 5117 Harding Place, at noon today. The more than 10,000 bags will be distributed, upon request to Metro Public Works or the Office of Emergency Management, to various places throughout the city.


11:05 a.m.: With the Cumberland River overflowing its banks to at record levels, Davidson County emergency workers have begun evacuating parts of downtown Nashville.

The mandatory evacuation is affecting buildings along First Avenue.

1 Comment on this post:

By: idgaf on 5/4/10 at 2:39

For those of us conserving water by not doing laundrey we have to know ASAP when we can and the city has to anticipate that eventually we will have to which will put a strain on the supply so they had better come up with a plan to handle that.

Hopefully when this gets handled they will prepare and build a backup facility on high ground.