State of Emergency Declared in Kentucky & Tennessee Amid Flooding Jul 8, 2016

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Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin Declares State of Emergency in Response to Localized Flooding

In response to the flooding events which are impacting portions of western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency today, July 7, 2016, in order to provide local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance. “As always, our primary concern is safety,” said Gov. Bevin. “This declared state of emergency gives emergency management the resources they need to proactively respond to local needs. We thank all of the officials working hard to minimize the impact of this storm system. We urge all citizens to take the necessary precautions needed to stay safe.”

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and the Joint Information Center (JIC) remain activated to monitor the situation and coordinate the response for this weather event. “We are experiencing severe weather impacts from a stagnant storm system that continues to generate significant rainfall, tornados and straight line winds, causing fluctuating power outages and damage to local roadways across the Commonwealth,” said Michael Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management. “Some areas of Western Kentucky have seen rainfall totals of more than 15 inches in a short period of time, creating hardships in the most severely impacted areas. This event is happening in conjunction with high temperatures across the Commonwealth, creating further concern for local first responders who are assisting displaced residents. We are reminding all citizens to be mindful of severe weather notifications through local, state and National Weather Service channels, being prepared to take immediate action if directed to do so.”

Tennessee

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) declared a State of Emergency at 7:15 a.m., CDT, this morning, July 7, 2016, due to flash flooding in a number of Middle Tennessee counties from heavy rainfall overnight.


Locally heavy rainfall, up to eight inches in some locations, has impacted Cheatham, Davidson, Macon, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, and Trousdale counties. Flash flood warnings will remain in effect throughout Middle Tennessee as another one inch of rain is expected over the area today.

Local responders conducted swift water rescues in Stewart, Sumner, and Robertson counties as flood waters inundated homes and roadways. County emergency management agencies in Davidson, Montgomery, and Trousdale, reported downed trees and impassable roads.

There are no reports of fatalities, injuries from the severe flooding but emergency management officials are warning local residents to use caution if they encounter high water – Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

RESPONSE ACTIONS
TEMA has deployed District Coordinators to assist county emergency managers with any coordination or requests for resources.

Tennessee Department of Transportation is reporting the following road impacts:
• Highway 79 at mile marker 16 in Stewart County closed due to flooding
• Highway 41A at Eva Drive in Clarksville closed due to flooding.
• High water at I-24 East at Shelby Ave. exit in Nashville
• Roadway flooded on I-40 West at mile-marker 213
• I-40 West at the Church St. ramp closed due to flooding
• I-65 North in Robertson County, mile marker 111, right lane flooded
• 3600 block of Sparta pike in Wilson County, westbound side flooded

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is activated with representatives from the American Red Cross, the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Agencies will be monitoring the ongoing weather situation and assisting counties and other State partners with requests for assistance.

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