Shelby County Office of Preparedness - Latest Update

The latest update from the Shelby County Office of Preparedness:

Levell Blanchard, Shelby County Office of Preparedness HLS/EMA Deputy Administrator,   led the afternoon briefing at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  As flood waters continue to dissipate, the EOC remains fully activated.

Fly-overs were conducted by Bob Nations, Jr., Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director, James Bassham, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Director, and Phil May, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region IV Administrator, to further assess the flooding in western Tennessee.  

"The good news is that the most of the flood waters in Millington have receded.  However, the city now faces serious infrastructure challenges.  We will do all we can to help and support the many citizens who are still unable to get into their homes for inventory or clean up."

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness Mobile Command Center is stationed in Millington to facilitate communications and coordinate resources.

Disaster Declaration:  At this time, a federal disaster declaration has not been declared.  

Flooding Threats:   The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a flood warning effective May 4, 2010 at 2:20 p.m. The stage was at 26.0 feet.  Flood stage for the Mississippi at Memphis is 34.0 feet.  Currently, flooding is occurring on the lowland inside the mainline levee system in Crittenden and Mississippi counties in Arkansas. Citizens are advised to stay tuned to NOAA weather radio and / or TV for further information.

The Wolf River in Germantown had risen to 24.01 feet as of 2:00 p.m. today.  The new crest level is 25 feet by 1:00 a.m. this evening.  The Greenway, which is flooded, has been closed as well as Poplar Estates Park and the Riverwoods Nature Area.  Citizens are urged to stay
out of these areas.  The city expects minor curb lane flooding on Wolf River Blvd.  Some citizens could see minor flooding in their backyards for a short period of time.

Debris Removal / Solid Waste:
  Memphis, Millington and unincorporated Shelby County citizens affected by flooding are asked to move debris to curbside for pickup.    

Health Concerns and Issues:  The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department is available to advise citizens on debris removal safety.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site, is another valuable information resource for citizens affected by the flood.

Millington Update:
The Shady Oaks Community Mobile Home Park at 7860 Raleigh-Millington has been reopened.  No identification checks are required of these citizens. Public Works continues to work diligently to restore the infrastructure.  Several hundred residential gas meters were submerged by the flood waters and are now being inspected.  From 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Millington residents (only) may call 901.872.2211 for flood-related issues.  The Millington non-emergency number is 901.872.3333. Citizens are asked to visit the city web site at  Millington City Hall is open to citizens wishing to stop by.

Waverly Farms Subdivision Update:  Flood waters are receding.  Clean up and debris removal has begun for this subdivision in unincorporated Shelby County. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office continues to provide security for residents with routine patrols.
Public Works / Roads and Bridges:   Citizens are cautioned to heed the barricades, detours, and "road closed" signage.  Citizens are asked to report damaged or blocked roads that are not barricaded.

Shelby County Road Closures:  Brunswick at Idaville, Osborntown, Raleigh-Millington

City of Memphis Road Closures:
  James Road, Hawkins Mill and Egypt Central.

Shelters:  One shelter is open for evacuees at the First Baptist Church, 5010 West Union Road, Millington, TN  38053. The shelter is staffed by the American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter and Health Department nurses are on site during the day to assist with medical issues.  The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is providing security. There are approximately 100 evacuees staying at this shelter.  

Power Outages:
  MLGW reports 327 customers without electrical power this afternoon.