The outpouring of Williamson County residents' generosity for flood victims has caused Graceworks Ministries and the American Red Cross to open a new site to accept donations at Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Ave., in the old Georgia Boot factory.
A community meeting has been organized by Franklin city officials which will feature representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Association providing information on disaster assistance and answering questions.
- Derby Jones Publisher
In February 2008, I was writing about the need for the community to step-up and help out the tornado victims of Middle Tennessee. The community responded in unbelievable fashion. Volunteers responded, money was raised and we rebuilt.
Words cannot express the devastation last weekend’s floods have brought to Middle Tennessee, Williamson County and to Franklin. Franklin was blessed not to be hit as hard as our neighboring cities to the north, but the damage to some of our neighborhoods and businesses is just as important. That is why on Sunday I issued a State of Emergency for Franklin to help our citizens rebuild their lives with assistance from state and federal officials. Another more immediate emergency is the order from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to eliminate all non-essential water use. This is very important to our community and health and we ask all citizens to only use water necessary for personal health and hygiene. Currently, the water quality is good and drinkable and we want to keep it that way.
Williamson County has had only one death reported related to flooding, Edward Elliott “Ned” Lea of the Leiper’s Fork community.
- Donna O'Neil Staff writer
Within a 36-hour period, the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department answered the same number of calls that they normally would during a two-week period.
Few had ever seen anything like it, the super storm series that moved through Williamson County starting late Friday night which dumped more than 15 inches of rain in parts of the county, pushing the Harpeth River and its tributaries into neighborhoods and homes that had never before seen flooding.
Williamson County Commission Chairman and incumbent 10th District Commissioner Houston Naron lost his bid for reelection today by six votes, with his fellow incumbent Commissioner Bob Barnwell finishing first and challenger Travis Hawkins finishing in the second spot.
President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster exists in Tennessee and included Williamson County among the four counties eligible for federal funding for disaster relief.
TDOT crews were out early this morning reopening major state highways that go through Franklin, including Hillsboro Road and portions, if not all, of Lewisburg Pike from Carnton Lane to Mack Hatcher Bypass. Franklin Road and the bridge over the Harpeth was reopened yesterday.
- Donna O'Neil Staff Writer
“FEMA officials are coming tomorrow,” said Franklin City Communications Director Milissa Reierson, “This puts the County, the State and the Feds on alert that we are going to be asking for help.”
Harpeth Valley Utility District, the main supplier of water for Williamson County's cities and utility districts, today said it is operating at half capacity, leading local officials to ask residents to use water for essential uses only.
Franklin Mayor John Schroer and City Adminsitrator Eric Stuckey took to the air this morning to survey the damage done to Franklin by massive flooding that has left hundreds homelss, dozens of structures destroyed and many wondering how to recover because of a lack of appropriate flood insurance.
Franklin officials have lifted the state of emergency put in place on Sunday, but are still urging citizens to stay home and off the streets to prevent heavy traffic delays and to remain safe.
Franklin Firefighters responded to a house fire on Burlington Pass about 1:52 a.m. Monday in Fieldstone Farms. That same neighborhood had been evacuated the previous day due to flooding. Firefighters battled the flames in four feet deep water and were able to contain the fire within about 20 minutes. One home was destroyed. A second home received severe damage and another home received minor damage. Two occupants were in the adjacent home and were able to get out before firefighters arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported.
Brentwood Police have received numerous calls regarding the safety of city water for drinking due to water main breaks thought to have been widespread in the southern and southeastern parts of the city.
Today Mayor John Schroer and city officials have issued a state of emergency due to the flooding. The State of Emergency will help the city request assistance from County, State and Federal officials. A curfew has been issued from dusk until dawn, 6 p.m.-6 a.m. requiring citizens to stay home. It is very dangerous to drive in night time conditions when you can’t tell the depth of the water.
Government officials across Williamson County are gathering today to begin to assess the damage caused by more than 12 inches of rain that fell across the county, causing water mains in Brentwood to collapse and officials across the county to rescue hundreds of people from their homes or vehicles.
Brentwood City Manager Mike Walker said this morning that as many as 75 homes in the city may have significant flooding damage and that doesn't include the 1,500 homes which could be without water due to major line breaks caused by the pressure of the flooding.
Williamson County has been devastated by rains which caused massive and widespread flooding across the county, from Brentwood to Spring Hill, from Nolensville to Fairview, with Franklin hard hit as well.
With estimates of as much as 10 inches of rain over the last 24 hours, officials across Williamson County are begging residents to stay at home as flooding spreads across the county, including downtown Franklin, Cool Springs, Leiper's Fork and Brentwood.
Tractor Supply Company has presented United Way of Williamson County with a check for $100,000 to support relief efforts following recent record floods that ravaged Middle Tennessee.
As residents across Williamson County continue cleanup efforts from the May 1-3 flooding, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm WATCH and flash flood WATCH for Williamson County and other counties in Middle Tennessee until 7 p.m.
Meeting price points and time deadlines are important factors to consider when repairing damages caused by the historic flood that recently ravaged Middle Tennessee. The most important decision you will make, however, is whom you select to make those repairs.
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- William Carter columnist
The column you’re reading right now is actually the column you should’ve been reading last week just a couple of days before Mother’s Day and it would have been all about how wonderful mamas are and how much we love them and how everybody has one except for maybe local politicians because they are reptilian in nature and mostly non-human but during the time I usually sit down in front of my writing machine with a cup of coffee to my left and a new can of Skoal to my right and either John Prine or Van Morrison or Creedence or Alvin and the Chipmunks in my headphones I was standing here in my little office, soaking wet, with a plastic garbage bag in my hand and trying to decide if any of the stuff I’ve accumulated in my fifty years upon this earth was worth keeping because the Harpeth River pitched a fit and jumped her banks a half mile away and was now less than a hundred yards from my house and still trying to make up her mind if she was going to go further.
Through the years, in times of need, residents of Williamson County are the first to act. Their generosity and compassion has become legendary. Whenever a disaster hits – no matter where – Williamson County residents and local government officials are quick to open their hearts, their calendars and their checkbooks to assist victims.
As debris piled high from the dozens of homes damaged in the Cottonwood and River Landings subdivisions, county Solid Waste crews headed out Wednesday morning for curbside pickup of debris.
The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency announced Monday a disaster relief center has been established in Williamson County to provide help to residents who suffered losses in the severe storms and tornados last week.
MTE Customers Care has donated $20,000 of Operation Round Up funds to the American Red Cross of Williamson County for disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of last weekend’s floods.
As the waters receded, the mud dried on precious belongings and many would have thought tempers would have flared, the thousands of people who were affected by the May 1-3 flooding kept their cool, in part because of the huge outpouring of support shown by their neighbors as well as complete strangers.
The massive flooding in Middle Tennessee has created a devastating and stressful time for those impacted.
With the recent flooding, volunteerism has been at an all-time high and Franklin Tomorrow is renewing its call for nominations for the Franklin Tomorrow’s Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards, to be presented July 10 at the organization’s annual Shrimp Boil presented by First Tennessee.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced this afternoon that he has lifted the mandatory water conservation order for the Harpeth Valley Utility District service area, which includes Williamson County, as well as Franklin and Brentwood.
With a current count of approximately 1,100 structures damged across Williamson County, Emergency Management Agecny Director Mike Thompson predicted a staggering damage number.
The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency has announced that a disaster relief center has been established in Williamson County to provide help to residents who suffered losses in the severe storms and tornadoes last week.
It has been a week since Williamson County was drowned under a 36-hour deluge of rain, but on Saturday, many of those whose homes were flooded found themselves experiencing a different kind of flood – one of compassion and support.
Debris removal crews from Franklin will remain on duty over the weekend, and county convenience centers and the landfill will remain in operation as well.
Here's a work sheet on how to apply for Disaster Assistance from FEMA:
Franklin Police urge residents to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence when hiring crews to assist with home repairs in the aftermath of this past weekend’s flooding. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit their services, or ask for contributions purportedly for a charitable organization.
Lee Jenkins would spend hours each day sitting outside his flood-ravaged home at 126 Thompson Alley, talking with his neighbor and longtime friend James Stewart about the red tape which seemed to bind up their hopes to rebuild their homes.
- Donna O'Neil Staff writer
The Franklin Lions Club at Breakfast hosted County Assessor Dennis Anglin this morning who talked about the responsibilities of his department and touched on the upcoming 2011 re-appraisal process.
The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department held its annual awards ceremony Saturday and the highlights of the evening included Capt. Mark Duffield receiving the Medal of Valor for his outstanding efforts during the May flood, and Firefighter John Russ being named Firefighter of the Year for 2010.
The Williamson County Community Development Department has begun the application process for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hazard mitigation grant program. This program will focus on properties in mapped special flood hazard areas, which suffered substantial damage in the May 2010 flooding. If approved, the grant would require a 12.5 percent county contribution toward the acquisition and demolition of qualified properties.
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