Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Flooding Causes Road Closures in Shelby County

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:54 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed a portion of State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom have covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. The area will remain closed until the water recedes.
The detour routes are as follows:
  • From Millington to Memphis – State Route 385 East to State Route 14 South to I-40 (Exit 8)
  • From Memphis to Millington – I-40 (Exit 8) to State Route 14 North to State Route 385 West to State Route 3
On Interstate 40, Exit 2A to Millington and Exit 3 to Watkins Road are also closed.
Numerous other state routes in Dyer, Lake, and Lauderdale Counties are also closed as a result of rising flood waters. TDOT expects additional closures in these areas as the Mississippi River crests over the coming days.

Disaster Food Stamps Available For Tornado Victims In Bradley, Greene, Hamilton & Washington Counties

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:23 pm



NASHVILLE – On Monday, May 9, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, with USDA approval, will begin issuing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) benefits to eligible residents of four tornado-ravaged counties that have been federally declared disaster areas following the late April storms. The benefits are for eligible residents of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties. Applications for SNAP disaster benefits can be submitted Monday through Saturday, May 9-14, and on Monday, May 16.

THP Sends Strike Teams, Equipment to Assist Flood Victims in West Tennessee

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 09:23 am
NASHVILLE –- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has activated two of its district Strike Teams to assist flood victims and emergency response officials affected by the floods in west Tennessee. A strike team is a specially trained, self-sustained law enforcement unit able to respond to several different types of crisis situations.

Mosquito Risk Increased by Recent Flooding

Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 05:26 pm

Residents Urged to Use Repellents, Other Methods to Prevent Bites

NASHVILLE – Standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and flooded areas in Tennessee could easily cause populations of these disease-carrying pests to flourish. The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding the residents working to clean up homes, businesses and other facilities in Tennessee to take steps to help prevent illnesses associated with mosquitoes.

Tennesseans Should Take Precautions When Returning to Damaged Homes

Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 03:27 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans to take extra precautions when returning to flood- or storm-damaged homes or businesses. Conditions left by severe weather damage can pose a risk of injury or illness.

“We understand how important it is for people whose homes or businesses have been damaged to return as soon as possible to collect belongings and begin repair work, and we want to make sure they do it safely to avoid further deaths and injuries,” said State Epidemiologist Tim F. Jones, MD.

Six Additional Counties Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 03:23 pm
Benefit Claims Must Be Filed Within 30 Days

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development announced today Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) unemployment benefits are now available for workers in Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe and Rhea counties as a direct result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding for the incident period of April 25, 2011, to April 28, 2011. This is Amendment 1 of the declaration for the State of Tennessee (FEMA-1974-DR).  Persons in these six counties must file their claim for DUA unemployment benefits within 30 days of this announcement (June 6, 2011).

Section of I-40 in Arkansas Closed Due to Flooding

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 03:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, flood waters along the White River in Arkansas east of Little Rock have reached Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 202. At the present time, the westbound lanes are closed due to high water. Closure of the eastbound lanes at this location is imminent and could occur within the next several hours.
Arkansas officials are closely monitoring water levels and will close additional travel lanes as waters rise. Here in Tennessee, TDOT has placed closure information on overhead message boards on interstates in Memphis and Nashville, as well as on the 5-1-1 motorist information line. Motorists traveling to Arkansas are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.

Agriculture Commissioner to Tour West Tennessee Flood Areas

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 03:18 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson will tour West Tennessee from the air on Thursday to assess the extent of damage to farmland along the Mississippi River. State agriculture officials will also meet briefly with affected farmers and local officials at the Dyer County Fairgrounds to learn more about the expected impact to farms and agricultural infrastructure throughout the region. The meeting is open to media. 
WHO:             Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, local officials, area farmers and agricultural leaders
WHAT:          Meeting with Flood Affected Farmers
WHEN:          Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11 a.m.
WHERE:        Dyer County Fairgrounds, Family Living Center, 296 James H Rice Road, Dyersburg, Tenn.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Urge Motorists to Watch Out for Flood Waters

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 | 02:39 pm
NASHVILLE --- Hard on the heels of the flood waters that swamped Middle Tennessee just over a year ago,  heavy rains again saturate a large portion of the state. Due to above normal water levels and the high potential for flooding, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to avoid standing water on roadways…“Turn Around Don’t Drown®.”