State of emergency declared; 911 center evacuated due to flooding in McNairy County

WATCH: State of Emergency declared; 911 center evacuated due to flooding in McNairy County

MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — “It’s been a hell of a day in Selmer, but we’re going to get through this,” said Mayor John Smith.

Smith said they’ve issued a state of emergency after a levee broke during storms.

“We’ve had flooding before, but nothing that I can remember to this magnitude,” Smith said. “The big intersection was underwater, and actually where we’re standing now was underwater.”

Content Continues Below

Multiple people needing to be rescued.

“We’ve evacuated 20 plus people,” said Selmer Fire Chief Anthony Carr. “We’ve had to bring an extra swift water team from out of the county.”

The mayor said the call came in around 2 a.m.

Most of downtown was underwater, including roads, bridges and businesses.

“Our 911 center was flooded, so the fire department and the police department acted pretty quickly on that,” Smith said. “We’ve actually moved our 911 center to the south fire station.”

McNairy County 911 gave an update on Facebook Wednesday night. “Our beautiful center took a hard hit today. We’ve gotten partially moved into a mobile command and are able to answer our 911 and admin calls and dispatch them to our units. Tomorrow is a new day, and we will bring more of our equipment up. Thank you all for your patience while we move through this transition,” it said.

First responders said they’re still assessing the damage.

“To all the residents in Selmer: conserve water if you can,” Carr said. “We have a boil notice put out, and our 911 center is up, and going so if you need us call 911.”


Calls are being rerouted to Hardin County.

The 911 Director said a remote site should be up and running in a few hours, according to the McNairy County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page.


Selmer Utility Division water customers are under a boil water notice, according to the McNairy County EMA’s Facebook page.