News release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
This is TEMA’s update to indicate the State Emergency Operations Center has stepped down to a Level IV-Elevated activation. This ends the State of Emergency in Tennessee, effective at 4 p.m., CST, on Friday, March 6, 2015. The information below includes a region-by-region update as well as a timeline of the progression of our activation levels since Feb. 16. This will be the last update on TEMA’s winter weather response. More updates will be provided as we move into the recovery phase from this emergency. –Dean
Flash Report – Winter’s Final March
March 6, 2015 – 4 p.m., CST
SEOC Activation: Level IV – Elevated
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has downgraded its activation to a Level IV – Elevated status ending the State of Emergency in Tennessee.
There are no unmet needs reported in Tennessee from the recent winter storm and cold weather, and the SEOC has no outstanding requests for assistance from counties.
West Region – No major issues, just a few wrecks. No reports of widespread power outages. No unmet needs. Regional Coordination Center will close at 4:30 p.m., CST.
Middle Region – Interstates clear but back roads still icy in areas. No reports of widespread power outages. No unmet needs. Regional Coordination Center closed 3/5/15.
East Region – Flooding threat has subsided in Claiborne County. Some roads closed in a few counites. No shelters open. No reports of widespread power outages. Regional Coordination Center will close at 5:30 p.m., EST.
SEOC ACTIVATION TIMELINE
Level III – State of Emergency at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015
Level II – State of Emergency at 3 p.m., CST, on Feb. 21, 2015
Level III – State of Emergency at 2 p.m., CST, on March 3, 2015
Level IV – Elevated at 4 p.m., CST, on March 6, 2015
Here’s the TEAM report from earlier Friday:
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.
Very cold temperatures are in place today across Tennessee, the last remnant of a winter weather system that brought freezing rain, sleet heavy snowfall and heavy rain to the state beginning on Mar. 4.
The SEOC has confirmed another fatality this morning of a confirmed of a 55-year-old-male from a motor vehicle accident this morning in Hamilton County.
Interstates in Tennessee are in good shape and moving. Patches of ice and sleet remain on Interstates and secondary roads, so motorists are still advised to use caution when travelling. TDOT is also keeping a message board in place on I-24 west bound warning motorists about the hazardous driving conditions in Kentucky.
The National Guard has five units still on standby in Obion, Cookeville, Dickson and Jackson to assist motorists and address other life safety needs.
The SEOC is also monitoring flooding potential from levee issues in Gibson County, and in Claiborne County on the Powell and Clinch rivers.
All shelters in Tennessee are closed. There are no widespread power outages. The SEOC is not receiving any reports of unmet needs in Tennessee.
There are four (4) confirmed weather-related fatalities form this winter weather system:
• Campbell County: One (1) fatality: 61-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Dickson County: One (1) fatality: 46-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Hamilton County : One (1) fatality: 55-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/6/15
• Wilson County: One (1) fatality: 35-year-old, female, motor vehicle accident on 3/4/15
• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments and resource requests
• Continue to assess and address roadway conditions
• Assist stranded motorists and conduct sheltering operations when needed
• Monitor changes to weather conditions
• Prepare for transition from response to recovery mode
State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commission on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.