After just 3 days filling sand bags and building the Main St levee, Clarksville has been fighting back peak water for 2 days straight. The rise stalled in the high 34’ level and everyone felt at ease.
But by Monday morning, the water had risen another 1/2’ to 35.35’. The stress on the Main St levee was still increasing, shaking some nerves. Both the North and South side of the Main St levee needed reinforcement. The AmeriCorps team battled the North side wall with sandbag reinforcement, while the National Guard took over the South side with massive loads of new fill.
By 3:00 PM, the reinforcements added enough stability to settle nerves again. Teams began to take breaks, eat for the first time that day, and the bag supply finally began to pile up again. (Inmates from local prisons helped replenish sand bags all afternoon.)
After things settled down, I grabbed homemade food from the Clarksville Methodist Church and finally made my way home.
To help: Check-in on Howard Street across from City Hall. They will direct you to where you will be the most help.
Clarksville has been preparing for another historic flood this week. Thank You to all the volunteers both local and non-local. With the help of over 100 people the downtown is preparing for 35+ foot water level, which would crest at the 4th highest level in the history of Clarksville flood recordings.
AmeriCorps has sent nearly 30 members or more into Clarksville. The young adults involved in AmeriCorps have worked non-stop to shovel every pile of sand into 1000s of sandbags. When I left town at 10:00 PM, they were still working alongside many locals with vested and sentimental interest in Clarksville, its history, businesses, and people.
Thank You Everyone.
I am using this site to gage the water level, prediction, and historical reference: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=clkm7