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The City of Columbia has evacuated residents in the Riverside community because of rising flood waters.

Emergency personnel are asking residents on Third Avenue South to Riverside Drive to evacuate their homes due to extremely serious situation with rising flood waters from the Duck River.

The National Weather Service predicts the Duck River will reach 45 p.m. by 11 pm. Saturday.

“When flood waters reach this level from the Duck River, with it situated so close to the Riverside community, we expect to see flooding of homes and property from Third Avenue South to Riverside Drive therefore we are strongly encouraging our residents to evacuate the area immediately,” said Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Ty Cobb.

The Columbia Armory Recreation and Fitness Center, located at 503 Carter St., will be the temporary location for any evacuees needing assistance with temporary housing.

The American Red Cross is preparing to open a shelter at West Seventh Street Church of Christ, located at 405 W. 7th St.

Emergency personnel are responding to several water rescues in northern Davidson County.

Crews have deployed to Madison Creek Road in the Goodlettsville area.

Several roads in Sumner County have been reported flooding in the Shackle Island area. Brinkly Branch Road, Sandy Valley Road and Hogan's Branch.

A State of Emergency in Place in Tennessee has been declared because of widespread flooding issues and severe weather throughout the state, according to a news release.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is asking Tennesseans to follow the instructions of emergency officials and stay on alert due to rising flood waters and the potential for more severe weather Saturday afternoon.

“Our departments and agencies are monitoring the ongoing weather developments in our state and they are coordinating to be fully prepared,” Lee said in a news release.

Lee was attending meeting in Washington, CD, this weekend connected with the National Governor’s Association. He is cutting his trip short and coming home Saturday afternoon to better monitor the situation.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at McGavock High School due to the flooding.

TEMA is working with state and local officials through the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville to monitor the weather situation, stay in contact with key information sources such as the National Weather Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and address any local need requests.

Besides TEMA staff, SEOC personnel include Emergency Service Coordinators from the Tennessee departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Insurance, Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Health, Human Services, Military, Safety, and Transportation, along with representatives from the American Red Cross and State Fire Marshall’s Office.

“Everyone should pay close attention to weather forecasts today and have multiple ways to receive weather watches and warnings,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan in a news release.  “Those who may have experienced any storm or flooding damage already should contact their county emergency management agencies to report issues, contact their insurance agencies, and keep track of any repairs they make.”

Other flooding response preparations are being made, including: 

  • The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is coordinating among state, local, and industry resources to identify immediate emergency agricultural and livestock needs and will work with the USDA to assess farm damages in the coming weeks.
  • The Tennessee National Guard has readied aviation and boat resources for response and has sandbagging equipment and troops and airmen available to help if needed.
  • The Fire Marshall’s Office and the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid System are coordinating potential mutual aid requests and readying swift-water rescue teams for potential deployment.
  • TDEC is communicating with water and wastewater systems to ensure infrastructure is not impacted or damaged.
  • USACE and the Tennessee Valley Authority are communicating the status of their dam projects and storage and flows along the rivers and tributaries to TEMA, and USACE Nashville has activated their flood monitoring unit and is actively working to ensure the best balance for safeguarding infrastructure, property and materials.

Overton and Moore counties in Middle Tennessee have issued a state of emergency because of flooding in those counties.

A cold front is already making its way through West Tennessee on Saturday and will bring with it the chance for thunderstorms, damaging winds, and the possibility of tornadoes. Flooding will continue to pose a threat as flood warnings remain in place across Tennessee through the weekend. An additional concern will be the toppling of trees due to wind and saturated soil.

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