In preparation for an ever-increasing amount of rainfall and
flooding in several areas of the city and county, the City of Murfreesboro will
be activating the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at the
Murfreesboro Police Department Headquarters, beginning at 9:30 Wednesday
EOC activation allows for a more rapid deployment of
resources during significant weather events.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an area flood
warning for Rutherford County until 12:00 pm CST. A flood warning means that
rivers or stream flows are elevated, or ponding water in urban or other areas
According to the United States Geological Survey gauge
located on the east fork of the Stones River at Betty Ford Road, as of 8:00
a.m. Murfreesboro has received approximately 3.5 inches of rainfall in the last
72 hours. Additional rainfall is expected through Saturday night, with only a
Citizens and visitors of Murfreesboro are urged to be
cautious in areas of high and, in particular, flowing waters. “The old adage
‘Turn Around Don’t Drown’ sounds silly, but in truth, it’s very serious,” said
Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “Even the smallest amounts of ponding and
flooding waters can sweep vehicles off of the road.” The NWS reports that most
flood deaths occur in vehicles. If you encounter a road that is submerged, turn
around and take an alternative route.
Foulks also reminds “thrill seekers” that it is dangerous to
play on or around the low head dams during and even following heavy rainfall.
“We also caution people to stay away from flooded Greenway areas, as water may
have crossed over some of those pathways,” he added.
To report high water or drainage systems that may be
malfunctioning, or flooded roads within the city limits of Murfreesboro, you
are urged to contact the City of Murfreesboro’s Street Department at
615-893-4380. Street Department Director Raymond Hillis said that the
department has assigned all employees to clean and check every curb inlet within
the city limits. “We also have additional crews prepared to respond and repair
and reported problem areas that may cause flooding to street and property
dwellings,” said Hillis.
For county roads issues, please notify Rutherford County
Emergency Management Agency at 615-898-7764.
Many news outlets are reporting that by the end of the
month, this may be the wettest February on record for Nashville and surrounding
areas. “Our main objective is to keep you safe,” said Foulks. “Please continue
to monitor the weather and head warnings as they arise, and if you find
yourself in a water emergency such as a car stalled in high water, call 9-1-1