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Civil Emergency Message (Shelby County, Tn)
WREG TV Website ^ | 4/30/11 | National Weather Service

Posted on 04/30/2011 4:39:10 PM PDT by TnGOP

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED...CORRECTED CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE MEMPHIS SHELBY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN 332 PM CDT SAT APR 30 2011

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE MEMPHIS SHELBY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

FLOOD WARNING

ALL SHELBY RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTION NOW...ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE WITHIN THE 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN OF RIVERS AND STREAMS...TO BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE HOMES AND BUSINESSES IF FLOODING OCCURS.

NEAR RECORD FLOODING IS FORECAST ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AS IT BORDERS SHELBY COUNTY.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR MARK H. LUTTRELL...THIS IS THE TIME TO GATHER ALL IMPORTANT ITEMS AND BE READY TO LEAVE YOUR PROPERTY. THERE IS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY PORTIONS OF SHELBY COUNTY COULD BE AFFECTED BY THE RISING WATERS.

A C WHARTON...THE MAYOR OF MEMPHIS ADDED...WE WANT TO REASSURE OUR CITIZENS THAT DISASTER TEAMS ARE IN PLACE AND WILL BE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.

SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN ARE PREDICTED DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. RIVERS AND CREEKS ARE QUICKLY RISING IN THE WESTERN AREA OF SHELBY COUNTY AND WILL LIKELY BACK UP INTO NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR CREEKS AND STREAMS. FLOOD WATERS MAY ALSO RISE INTO NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH STORM DRAINS. CONDITIONS MAY WORSEN EACH DAY WITH THE CONTINUAL RISE OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

GO IMMEDIATELY TO HIGHER GROUND IF WATER STARTS TO RISE. AVOID FLOOD WATERS.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: flooding; memphis; shelbycounty; tennessee
Just in Time for Memphis in May concerts at the river tonight and tomorrow night. Before this expected rain the river was supposed to crest at the third highest level ever recorded. This coming rainfall will make the situation much worse. Beware and be prepared.

Sorry about the all caps post, but that is how the NWS rolls.

(We are on a hill one county North of this mess. I work in Memphis, but am on vacation this week. It shouldn't affect us at all. )

1 posted on 04/30/2011 4:39:17 PM PDT by TnGOP
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To: TnGOP

I remember the floods when the river was up over Riverside drive, and as far as one could see over into Arkansas.
The river was closed to traffic.
I guess it was in the early 60s.

Memphis, however, is on a high bluff, so it should not have any problem. It is often referred to as “The Bluff City”
Reminds me of a saying from years ago.
“Memphis, the city built on a bluff, and run on the same principle” haha


2 posted on 04/30/2011 4:49:15 PM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: TnGOP
They have closed the Casinos in Tunica expecting significant flooding. We just had the worst tornado outbreak in our recorded history and now the flooding.
3 posted on 04/30/2011 4:51:43 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

I’m surprised the casinos closed before the water starts coming in the back door..............


4 posted on 04/30/2011 4:54:10 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: TnGOP

Man these “100 year floods” are happening about ever two or three years now...


5 posted on 04/30/2011 4:57:47 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I thought it was interesting that the warning mentioned the 100 year flood plain - as if Memphis residents have a clue where those areas are. I have been in the area for over 20 years, and have no idea. I guess the people in the flood plain areas will know it as soon as the water gets to the top of the front porch.


6 posted on 04/30/2011 5:01:04 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: AlexW

The bluffs are cut through by streams and rivers. They really offer little benefit here now.


7 posted on 04/30/2011 5:05:10 PM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: TnGOP
Flood stage in Memphis is 34 feet. The river is currently at 40.23 ft. Expected crest is 45 ft on May 15.

The historical record shows only 2 higher crests:
(1) 48.70 ft on 02/10/1937
(2) 45.80 ft on 04/23/1927

8 posted on 04/30/2011 5:11:38 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: TnGOP

Correction: The river is now expected to reach 45.5 ft by tomorrow! The NWS has added that to the warnings for other counties, but not their main chart. With the crest still a couple of weeks away, we may indeed see a “100 year flood”.


9 posted on 04/30/2011 5:20:21 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: vetvetdoug

Having just survived an F5 tornado, the one that went through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and came up our way and missed us by one to two miles, a little water does not bother me. You can at least get in your car and drive away with plenty of warning. Wednesday night, we had no idea where that thing was going and it came closer to us that first thought. It was our second one of the day. Today, we can only feel for the hundreds of individuals who lost everything and the massive loss of life here in Alabama. The worse day loss of life in this state since the War of Northern Aggression.


10 posted on 04/30/2011 5:23:48 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Read: Ecclesiastes 10:2. The Bible tells you RIGHT is right and left is wrong.)
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To: TnGOP; All

Any Millington FReepers? Don’t want a repeat of last May 1.


11 posted on 04/30/2011 5:25:05 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (BLAMING BUSH NEVER FED A HUNGRY CHILD.)
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To: TnGOP
Godspeed FRiend, your neck of the woods are in my prayers.
12 posted on 04/30/2011 5:25:47 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed! WWW.MIKEMcCALISTERFORSENATE.COM check him out!)
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To: TnGOP

TN has been hit hard this past year

Nashville flood in the middle

The Eastern counties hit by tornadoes this week

and now you poor folk in the SW

Please stay dry and safe...


13 posted on 04/30/2011 5:29:01 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: RetiredArmy
We dodged a bullet on that one. There are a lot of trees down from straight line winds, and a lot of Memphis lost power for up to 4 days - but it could have been much worse. On the drive back from the acupuncturist this afternoon we noticed many families and crews cutting up trees and repairing roofs. You guys bore the brunt of those storms, as well as some in Mississippi.

There were tornadoes all around my Mom's house in Corinth, but she didn't have damage other than a few limbs down.

14 posted on 04/30/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: RetiredArmy
Current update on tornado deaths:

Across the South, volunteers have been pitching in as the death toll from Wednesday's storms keeps rising. At least 343 people were killed across seven states, including at least 254 in Alabama, as the storm system spawned tornadoes through several states. There were 34 deaths in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, five in Virginia, and one in Kentucky.

It was the largest death toll since March 18, 1925, when 747 people were killed in storms that raged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. That was long before the days when Doppler radar could warn communities of severe weather. Forecasters have said residents were told these tornadoes were coming. But they were just too wide and powerful and in populated areas to avoid the horrifying body count.

15 posted on 04/30/2011 5:31:43 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Read: Ecclesiastes 10:2. The Bible tells you RIGHT is right and left is wrong.)
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To: TheRobb7

We do have at least 1 from Millington. I can’t remember her Freeper name at the moment. I’m in Brighton, 11 miles north.


16 posted on 04/30/2011 5:33:02 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: TnGOP

Alabama is my home. I spent a good number of years away in the military, however, this is the closest I have ever come to one and I don’t want to be this close again.


17 posted on 04/30/2011 5:34:46 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Read: Ecclesiastes 10:2. The Bible tells you RIGHT is right and left is wrong.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

And the Ryan budget proposes to cut 40% from FEMA and NOAA weather programs.

Bad timing, bad luck on Ryan’s part.

As a State’s Rights Conservative, I have to admit that no single state could deal with this alone, and we do need the collective power of all us 50 to help out.


18 posted on 04/30/2011 5:46:32 PM PDT by saltus (God's Will be done)
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To: TnGOP
More rain is headed in your direction, Memphis.


19 posted on 04/30/2011 6:20:42 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TnGOP

I would think anyone with home insurance (or a mortgage) should know it if they live in a 100-year flood plain.


20 posted on 04/30/2011 6:20:58 PM PDT by dangus
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To: TnGOP

I would think anyone with home insurance (or a mortgage) should know it if they live in a 100-year flood plain.


21 posted on 04/30/2011 6:21:11 PM PDT by dangus
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To: TnGOP

I am in shelby county....YAWN. i am not scared...people here are acting like it is the end of the world.


22 posted on 04/30/2011 6:31:02 PM PDT by goldylight
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To: TnGOP

My first real job was at Memphis Compress and Storage on Florida st. It was in the 100 year flood area. I was always more worried about being shot going to my car than being washed away by flood water.


23 posted on 04/30/2011 6:37:16 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: AlexW

Be safe all in Shelby County and all along the Mississippi...


24 posted on 04/30/2011 7:14:03 PM PDT by Shady (God will be merceful to believers in the love of Christ.)
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To: TnGOP
You may want to bookmark this site for updates:

Shelby County Office of Preparedness

25 posted on 04/30/2011 7:17:41 PM PDT by willieroe
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To: TnGOP
there were tornadoes all around my Mom's house in Corinth..

I live in Corinth, Supercell tornadoes confirmed on radar missed my house by 2, 2, 4, 6, and 8 miles on Wednesday. One went right over my business. We were lucky. I feel for the folks in Smithville, Cullman, Hamilton, Madison County, Tuscaloosa, and Birmingham as well as those in Georgia. It just wasn't our time. I hope to not experience what those folks went through. I hope I don't experience another day like Wednesday.

26 posted on 04/30/2011 8:07:06 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: TnGOP

You know if you have discussed your flood insurance with your agent recently. That’s how they decide your rate according to the 100 yr flood plan. At least that is how I understood it.


27 posted on 04/30/2011 11:53:48 PM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: TnGOP

Praying for them


28 posted on 05/01/2011 7:04:19 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: TnGOP
We just had another round here. Tornado warnings in and around Millington. I spent about 30 minutes in the storeroom at the Tractor Supply waiting for the warnings to pass. No damage that I could see on the way home, just lots of sideways rain and some wind. When I got home to Brighton, we had a pretty nasty one going on here, too.

More on the way, some severe. We'll keep our eyes on the radar. You folks north and east of us.......WATCH OUT. It's headed your way!

29 posted on 05/01/2011 4:51:29 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: TnGOP

FEMA determines whether you are in a flood plain. My 46 year old home was determined to be in a 100 year flood plain all of a sudden in 2007. This means that they feel that my home has a 1% chance of flooding within 100 years. So, they consider me high risk, and my lender “requires” that I carry flood insurance. Since I am considered high risk, my flood insurance is extremely expensive and is determined by the National Flood Insurance Program. I am miles away from any creek, river, lake, etc. Funny thing, my next door neighbor is not considered in a flood plain..... I understand the importance of determining flood plains, but I have even had a surveyor out to my property (had to pay money for this too) who stated how unlikely it would be for flooding to occur there, and that he was quite amazed by the determination. Anyway, didn’t mean to rant, but there is not a hint of water anywhere near me, and I don’t expect to see any. If my area does flood, all of east Memphis will be under water. If I am wrong, I’ve got flood insurance!


30 posted on 05/04/2011 1:23:41 PM PDT by edcl
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