The View 38002 June/July 2016

**************ECRWSS**** PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview June/July 2016 .com “A 1000-YEAR STORM” Upcoming Events JUNE 24 The 4th annual celebration will be held at the Arlington Sports Complex on MemphisArlington Road. Festivities begin at 6:00pm, featuring live music by the Eric Arlington resident Angela Cooper took this image of stormwater erupting through a manhole cover in Summer Meadows during the flash flooding on June 3, 2016. Summer Meadows experienced some of the highest levels of property damage in Arlington as a result of the storm. Intense Storm Produces Flash Flooding Across Arlington By Terry Louderback “A 1000-year storm” Arlington’s Town Engineer Steve Hill used those terms at the June 6 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting to describe the rainfall and flash floods that hit Arlington on Friday, June 3. The initial estimates from the Memphis office of the National Weather Service indicate that 4.16 inches fell in a 48-hour period ending early Sunday morning. However the majority of the precipitation came down in just 45 minutes between 3:25 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. NWS also reports that the radar data showed a burst of very heavy rain from 3:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. when storm cells merged. Arlington Fire Department Chief David Franks reported on the emergency calls that came into the station on Friday, including a lightning strike and roof collapse at Microport. As the afternoon progressed, surrounding stations, including Raleigh, Shelby Forest, Brunswick, and Fisherville, provided assistance. Neighborhoods and businesses throughout Arlington were impacted by the flash floods. In downtown Arlington, employees at S.Y. Wilson and Company, broke out the kayaks and paddled through Depot Square. Nearby resident Steve Polson captured pictures of water levels almost as high as the railroad tracks and flooding at the intersection of Highway 70 and ColliervilleArlington Road. Hughes Band, with professional fireworks s t a r t i n g a t approximately 9:15pm. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 26th. Inside this edition... Happenings, p.2 Tour de Lakeland, p. 6 Lakeland Fishing Rodeo, p.7 Kroger Marketplace Groundbreaking, p. 9 School News, starts on p. 11 View from 38002, p. 16 “Catastrophic” One of the hardest-hit areas was Summer Meadows, south of Milton Wilson, just west of Arlington High School. April Stewart described the flooding as “really quick--our house flooded in minutes. We had chest deep water outside and were wading in 6 inches of water through the entire Continued on page 8 Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (left) at the Kroger Groundbreaking with Veterans Home volunteers Holly Swoggart and Hugh Lamar.