Ice storm warning lifted, flooding possible in some TN counties - WKRN News 2

Ice storm warning lifted, flooding possible in some Tenn. counties

Posted: Updated: Jan 16, 2013 03:32 PM

The ice storm warning and winter weather advisory in effect for several Tennessee counties was lifted early Wednesday morning.  The warning was set to expire at 8 a.m. but was lifted just after 6:30 a.m.

Tuesday's forecasted ice storm prompted the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to declare a State of Emergency. Declaring a State of Emergency gives TEMA the power to assist local governments if necessary and deploy the National Guard if they are needed.

The State of Emergency remained in effect Wednesday due to possible flooding and ice in areas of higher elevation.

"What we do with statewide emergencies, is we bring the state's resources into a state of readiness so we can deploy them to help local governments when they need assistance," Jeremy Heidt with TEMA said.

He continued, "Basically it streamlines the way state government works. It lets us coordinate, gives us the power of emergency under the governor. We are his direct executive agent so we can direct state resources very quickly."

Overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday, many of the area roadways remained wet as most places remained above freezing.

Slick spots were still possible and drivers were urged to use caution.

Officials said Wednesday flooding continues to remain a major threat in east Tennessee.

Approximately 1,000 people were without power in Cheatham and Dickson counties Wednesday morning. Most homes affected were in the Charlotte area.

TEMA strongly encourages those motorists who do have to be out on the road to be prepared and have an emergency kit with blankets, boots, a flashlight and a hand-powered charger for mobile devices.

Ice accumulations and heavy rainfall may also lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation began treating roadways Monday morning, before the first wave of wintry weather and crews were on standby overnight.

Officials said salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 Tennessee counties.

Due to the severe winters of 2009 and 2010, TDOT was forced to increase its budget to more than $19 million this winter.

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