Nashville marks anniversary of devastating May 2010 flood - Tucson News Now

Nashville marks anniversary of devastating May 2010 flood

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

This week marks the third anniversary of the devastating floods that claimed 11 lives and destroyed homes and businesses across Middle Tennessee.

The community came together in the days after the rain fell and water rose, but in some ways, there is still much work to be done.

In Bellevue, the Harpeth River receded, though risk remains, and recent rainfall proved it.

"Just a few days ago when we had that rain, I came to walk and the water level was almost to the walking path. And I was like, 'You never forget anything.' You know, maybe it could happen again," said resident Leona Aguilar.

In the years following the historic flood, the city learned crucial communication lessons.

It set up a new program called Nashville SAFE, which allows city, state and federal agencies to share information using the same kind of language.

"Remember, in Nashville, no one died because of the flooding of the Cumberland. They died as a result of the flooding of creeks and tributaries, so we now have the ability to constantly monitor - electronically - where those creeks and tributaries - how high they are," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

Metro officials also have plans for a massive study to better understand what could add additional protection near the Cumberland River, such as levees or flood walls.

Nashville set aside $1 million for the project, but federal money remains up in the air, so Dean pledges to fight for it.

"You know, you can call it a 1,000-year flood, a 500-year flood, but that's just probabilities," he said.

A similar study for the Harpeth River is also in the works thanks to Nashville's work with governments in Williamson County.

This month and next, the city will unveil a series of new public art projects to commemorate the flood.

And in the Delray neighborhood, a new park now sits where scores of homes sustained damage.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:02:08 GMT

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

  • Teen death in van: Family storms out of city hall after councilman 'crossed the line'

    Teen death in van: Family storms out of city hall after councilman 'crossed the line'

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-04-18 14:32:46 GMT
    Kyle Plush's uncle confronts Councilman Wendell Young, saying he "crossed the line" at Tuesday's City Council meeting. (FOX19 NOW)Kyle Plush's uncle confronts Councilman Wendell Young, saying he "crossed the line" at Tuesday's City Council meeting. (FOX19 NOW)

    Kyle Plush's family stormed out of a City Hall meeting after sitting through five hours of testimony Tuesday, saying one councilman "crossed the line."

    Kyle Plush's family stormed out of a City Hall meeting after sitting through five hours of testimony Tuesday, saying one councilman "crossed the line."

  • AL mother pleads for drivers to put down distractions while driving

    AL mother pleads for drivers to put down distractions while driving

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-04-18 11:07:42 GMT
    April is distracted driving awareness month (Source: Michelle Lunsford)April is distracted driving awareness month (Source: Michelle Lunsford)
    April is distracted driving awareness month (Source: Michelle Lunsford)April is distracted driving awareness month (Source: Michelle Lunsford)

    April is distracted driving awareness month, and a mother from Alabaster hopes her daughter's story will convince you to keep both eyes on the road at all times. 

    April is distracted driving awareness month, and a mother from Alabaster hopes her daughter's story will convince you to keep both eyes on the road at all times. 

Powered by Frankly