City Manager Declares Emergency Situation After Flume Collapse

Posted at 8:56 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:37:54-04

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - City Manager, Jay Johnson formally declared an emergency situation during an emergency city meeting Monday night.

The meeting was called in response to a flume collapse that happened over the weekend, causing the flume and a large portion of a parking lot to cave in.

The flume collapsed Sunday after a rainstorm, along with a large portion of the road above it. The portion of the flume that collapsed Sunday runs across Lane Parkway and in between the Police and Fire Departments.

Monday, the city manager said while no structures were in danger at the moment, the city asked the nearby Chamber of Commerce to remove cars from its back parking lot, where the flume runs underneath.

Because of the emergency declaration, the city manager was authorized to spend $6000,000 out of the reserve fund to repair the flume.

City officials also passed a bond resolution for $2 million to help pay for repairs.

The city manager stressed this will only begin repairs and would not be enough to do everything -like repair the road over the flume.

A Property tax increase already approved earlier this year wouldcover the cost of the bond.