Chelsea Avenue Closed - Flood Gates in Place



As the rising Wolf River threatened to engulf neighborhoods and businesses in North Memphis, city officials closed off sections of Chelsea Avenue as a safety precaution.

Sections of the street east and west of North McLean were dammed with sandbags and piles of rock. Meanwhile, heavy wooden beams, tied together with steel straps, had been dropped into the gaps along the 1940s-era concrete flood wall that runs parallel to Chelsea. Normally, these gaps allow cars and railroads to pass through the flood wall, but on Monday only North McLean and North Watkins remained open.

Electrical transformers and other utilities along the street were protected by walls of sandbags, as authorities braced for the highest flood waters since the devastating flood of 1937. Already, many businesses in the low-lying section between Chelsea and the Wolf River had water lapping at their foundations, and concrete trucks in a parking lot just east of North Watkins were completely submerged on Monday afternoon.

The flooded areas attracted plenty of sightseers on Monday, and almost caused several accidents, as gawkers stopped in the 50 mph traffic lanes of North Watkins to snap pictures of the swollen Wolf River.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

Meet Andy Jacuzzi

Humane Society director sees the best and the worst.
2015.07.22 10:27 AM

Five Things To Do This Weekend in Memphis July 24th-26th

Memphis heats up this weekend with blues, busts, barbecue, and bikes.
2015.07.23 02:00 PM

MEMPopS’ New Ride

MEMPopS popsicle truck finds its new permanent home at the Memphis Made Brewing Company.
2015.07.24 12:37 PM
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Stories

Stacey Wiedower Releases Second Novel

The Memphis author signs “Now a Major Motion Picture” at the South Main Book Juggler on Friday, July 31st.
2015.07.29 09:46 AM

Art Up for Grabs

The second annual Friends for Life Art Dash is Wednesday, July 29th, at Circuit Playhouse.
2015.07.28 11:46 AM

Siri’s Favorite Football Team

Siri likes to root for the underdog.
2015.07.28 10:35 AM

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags


The Memphis magazine staff blog

About This Blog

"901" is the current affairs blog compiled by the staff of Memphis magazine, where readers can find breaking-news tidbits relating to all facets of life in the Bluff City. 

Edited by Shara Clark, Contemporary Media's special projects editor, this blog's regular participants include long-time Memphis editors such as Marilyn Sadler, Michael Finger, Jackson Baker, Frank Murtaugh, and Kenneth Neill. "901" also includes regular contributions from Inside Memphis Business staffers Richard Alley and Anna Cox Thompson, as well as the staff of the Memphis Flyer.

Every Thursday our Calendar Editor, Julie Ray, posts her picks for the weekend's events and activities.

"901" is the place where Memphis readers can "dial in" to find fresh reporting of recent developments in our city's political, economic, and cultural life.

Recent Posts

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the 901 Feed »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags