NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - The mayor of Nashville, John Cooper, hosted a news conference with other city leaders after devastating tornadoes ripped through the Music City.
Cooper said Nashville has gotten a generous amount of support. Financial donations have been given to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the recovery effort, totaling $600,070 at this time. That does not include major donations from Amazon and Google.
Hands On Nashville has also activated a volunteer page for recovery efforts.
Crews across Nashville are working overtime to get the city back to normal. Officials from FEMA are also on the ground providing assistance.
As of midnight, four shelters reported a total of 90 guests. NDHA placed 86 families in hotels overnight. Cooper stressed that locals in Davidson County can request non-emergency government services by dialing 311.
Director of the Nashville Fire Department, Cheif Swann, said firefighters and police have searched and cleared areas as they look for victims. He added, “I couldn’t be more proud of this city and everyone working together.”
Cheif Anderson with the Metro Nashville Fire Department said the city does not have any missing persons at this time. Four of the most heavily impacted precincts, including East, Central, North, and Hermitage, are working 12-hour shifts with no days off.
Anderson said, “We’re basically operating as two police departments at this point.” This overtime schedule increases the department’s workforce by a third. Some officers will take care of regular businesses, others will block the roads and assist neighborhoods.
There are 54 fixed posts where officers are directing traffic with the assistance of the sheriff’s department.
Anderson said the officers will continue the 12-hour shifts as long as it’s necessary.
A spokesperson for Nashville Electric Services said, “This has been the most devastating storm of my career.” Across Nashville, 600 broken poles have been located. Crews are working overtime to makes repairs in the Music City.
During yesterday’s news conference with Gov. Bill Lee, the mayor gave his condolences to the families that lost loved ones and homes during the storms. He ensured that firefighters and first responders were searching collapsed buildings to make sure all residents were accounted for.
Cooper’s social media shows him on the ground witnessing the damage and talking to locals about their experience.