National Weather Service, Metro Nashville preparing for flooding

Posted at 9:42 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 23:53:59-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The threat of flooding has people and city officials across Middle Tennessee keeping a close watch on rivers, creeks and dams.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Nashville are calling for four to six inches of rain in Middle Tennessee by Sunday.

Since 13 inches of rain this month have already saturated the ground, Meteorologists said people should be prepared to see some flooding.

“This is the time to be prepared to get your action plan of getting to higher ground, and to be able to get out of flood prone locations.” said Jason B. Wright, Senior Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Nashville.

Wright said the National Weather Service was prepared to bring in extra people to monitor the forecast, if needed. He said the rain in the forecast is nothing like what caused the 2010 flood, but people still need to be prepared.

“This is a situation that needs to be taken seriously,” said Wright. “Please don’t drive on any road with water, and please don’t go past barriers that are put up by emergency management personnel.”

Mayor David Briley’s office is also working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of Emergency Management and Metro Water Services to monitor rain and reduce the flood risk as much as possible.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Management is continuing to monitor the forecast and will adjust the Cumberland River reservoir system to help reduce flooding concerns.

The Cumberland River currently sits at just over 33 feet. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service said flood stage is 40 feet, but the river is only forecast to rise to 38 feet.

OEM is also monitoring the situation and will have swift water and volunteers available to respond to any emergencies. Metro Water Services crews continue to focus on clearing debris from storm drains.

Nashville residents can help prevent blockages and potential flooding by properly disposing of litter and yard debris. Residents should call 615-862-4600 if they see roadway ponding or experience flooding,