By David W. Crenshaw, Naval Support Activity Mid-South
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., encountered substantial flooding throughout the base May 1, 2010 due to heavy rains in the region.
The flooding was brought on by torrential rains and thunderstorms that swept through the area and caused creeks that run adjacent to the base to swell beyond protective levees. In addition to the base, the surrounding Millington community, as well as parts of Tipton County to the north of the base, encountered similar flooding.
All base personnel and residents have been evacuated, and there are no known casualties following a door-to-door inspection by NSA Security personnel.
"I'm very pleased with the swift response of the command team and our Sailors and their families in this extraordinary circumstance," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead. "Their preparedness and quick reaction ensured everyone's safety. The entire Navy team will support our shipmates in Millington as they recover in the days ahead."
The first area to encounter flooding was the Capehart enlisted housing area, in the southeast corner of the base. Within hours, however, the floodwaters had stretched to cover the entire base.
Base housing residents were initially evacuated to the base's gym located on a hill just north of the base perimeter, but most were relocated to hotels by nightfall with the assistance of NSA Mid-South's public-private venture housing partner, Forest City Military Communities.
As of mid-day on Sunday, the waters had receded from most of the base and efforts were underway to survey the damage and identify any safety concerns before allowing personnel to return to their homes. It will be at least May 4th before residents can expect to return home. Electrical power, phones and internet access were being restored on Sunday.
Only mission-essential personnel are required to report to work on NSA Mid-South on Monday, May 3, 2010. Non-mission essential personnel, including family members, will not be able to access the base that day. Decisions regarding the rest of the week will be made as the situation is assessed.
The Navy Recruiting District Commanding Officer's Conference scheduled for 4-5 May in Millington has been cancelled. Updates on this and other events and information can be found at the command facebook page located at http://www.facebook.com/NSAMidSouth.