Tennessee Declares State of Emergency As Road Conditions Deteriorate

State Of EmergencySmokey Barn News
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Robertson County, Tenn.

Tennessee Declares State of Emergency

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan and declared a State of Emergency at 9 p.m., CST, on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

The road conditions in Tennessee are deteriorating rapidly, motorists are backed up on two major Interstates, and a number of counties are requesting assistance with various response actions.

Current Situation · I-40 east bound at mile marker 156 in Hickman County is backed up 12-miles into Humphreys County to around mile marker 152. · I-24 west bound from the 96 mile marker to I-840 is to be closed down due to crashes and a previous back up.

Power outages have spiked in Tennessee as of 9 p.m., CST, currently at 55,682 customers, impacting at total of 19 counties with Bedford, Davidson, Fentress, Knox, Monroe and Smith having the highest outages.

Response Actions · TEMA has requested the Tennessee National Guard for State Active Duty to deploy initially a 10-person crew with five Humvees for motorist wellness checks.

THP has requested National Guard specifically for the Humphreys County back-up on I-40 east bound.

TEMA is transporting 216 bottles of water and 225 ready packs is being transported to the backup on I-40

Roane County has requested five chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to assist with debris clearing.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has requested salt for the I-65 north at the I-840 east bound entrance ramp.

Robertson County is fairing better than many other cities in Tennessee but we do have significant icy road conditions and snow accumulation. To see a report on road conditions in Robertson County (CLICK HERE)

Car Tain
A little after 10:pm Monday evening a call came into 911 to stop the trains because a car had become stuck on the rail road tracks. The incident occurred at the E College St crossing in Greenbrier.  The officers were able to dislodge the vehicle, no one was injured. Click photo for ALBUM.

Smokey took a tour of Robertson County Monday evening, it was very exciting. Andy White of CT&T Computer Service Center drove us around in his Chevy 4×4 so we were ready for anything.

While on our tour we saw a good number of vehicles stuck in the snow including a car stuck on the rail road tracks in Greenbrier. Luckily several officers came to the rescue and were able to free the vehicle.

The general condition of the roads are reasonable if you have a vehicle equipped with 4 wheel drive, otherwise it’s probably best to stay home.

Most of the county looks like a ghost town so it would seem that most people are staying off the roads. It will probably be another day or so before all the roads are clear.

For Company Closures and City Services Cancellations (CLICK HERE)

For Local School Closings (Click Here)

For a message from the Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley (CLICK HERE)

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