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“A 1000-YEAR STORM”
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
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.
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
s t a r t i n g
In the event of rain, the
event will be rescheduled for Sunday,
Inside this edition...
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
One of the hardest-hit areas was
Summer Meadows, south of Milton
Wilson, just west of Arlington High
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.