Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Section of I-40 in Arkansas Closed Due to Flooding

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 04:32 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 | 04:18 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 | 03:39 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®.”  

Haslam Requests Emergency Funding for Flooding

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 | 12:30 pm

Initial counties to include Dyer, Lake, Shelby and Stewart

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today asked President Barack Obama to authorize emergency funding of $10 million to assist the state and local jurisdictions with evacuation preparedness and activities in West Tennessee due to flooding that began April 21, 2011, a result of the record rainfall on the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.

Workers in Four Counties Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Insurance

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 | 10:32 am
benefit claims must be filed within 30 days
NASHVILLE – Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to workers in Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, and Washington counties who are out of work 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, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis reported today. The declaration number is FEMA-1974-DR. 

Precautions Needed For Generator Use

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 06:16 pm

 Two Tenn. Deaths Attributed to Improper Use

NASHVILLE – It was recently reported by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency that two individuals succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper use of a generator. In the aftermath of recent tornadoes and with flooding predicted for more areas of the state, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds residents of the importance of taking precautions to stay safe from illness and injury. Thousands of Tennesseans lost electrical service to their homes and businesses due to severe weather, and many are still without power.

High Water, Currents Pose Risk For Drowning

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 03:43 pm
Know Children’s Whereabouts; Avoid Risky Behavior
NASHVILLE  – The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing an urgent call to parents and adults providing care to keep kids and teenagers from flood waters as well as rivers, lakes and creeks that have higher than normal water levels and strong currents. The department also is asking people to avoid risky behavior, keeping clear of storm water drains, inlets and pipes whenever possible. Several areas across Tennessee are experiencing flooding or face the possibility of flooding later this week.

Four Tennessee Counties Approved for Disaster Assistance

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 03:20 pm

Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington will receive federal assistance
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined FEMA Director Craig Fugate  today to announce the federal government has approved four Tennessee counties to receive federal assistance as a result of the severe storms, flash flooding and tornadoes that struck the state beginning on April 25 and continuing to April 28, 2011.