Nashville officials offer update on progress of tornado recovery

Posted at 9:15 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 10:15:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville officials offered an update Saturday morning on the Metro Office of Emergency Management's tornado recovery progress.

Following the immediate aftermath of the March 3 tornadoes, Public Works crews have focused on coordinating with emergency responders and utility companies to clear the right-of-way, make roads passable and offer assistance with the closing and reopening of roads.

Two right-of-way crews of three to five people and six inspectors have been working 12-hour shifts. These crews were out from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Ten Metro Public Works trucks and 27 contractor trucks have been collecting storm debris during those same shifts. Trucks will continue circulating throughout the affected areas multiple times over the next few days and weeks. Residents are encouraged to move debris to the curb and leave it there. Instructions for separating debris can be found on the Metro Public Works website.

Public Works has also had signal crews working 12-hour shifts.

A list of what has been accomplished since the tornadoes devastated Nashville is below.

Roadways and Alleys

  • 116 roads were initially closed as a result of the tornado.
  • 114 roads have been reopened.
  • Two roads are still currently closed.
  • 60 alleys total were impacted.
  • 60 alleys are cleared from debris.

Traffic Signals

  • 72 total traffic signals were damaged or lacking power.
  • 71 signals have been restored.
  • One is being repaired. Metro Public Works is coordinating with NES for power.


  • 263 stop signs have been repaired or replaced.
  • One temporary stop has been installed.

Household waste/trash

  • Nearly 105 tons of trash have been collected since March 7.
  • Affected routes were completed Tuesday.

Debris hauled
3,322 loads totaling 138,193 cubic yards of debris have been hauled to transfer sites.