Nashville marks anniversary of devastating May 2010 flood - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

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.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:07 PM EST2017-11-23 04:07:25 GMT

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday.   Jessica Bowman stopped into a Hattiesburg store to see what all the activity was about. Roshunda Trody said, "Two turkeys, ham, dressing, greens cabbage, french beans with white potatoes and turkey butts in it." Hefty dinner menus for Thanksgiving day. Trody said, "I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping." ...

    More >>

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday.   Jessica Bowman stopped into a Hattiesburg store to see what all the activity was about. Roshunda Trody said, "Two turkeys, ham, dressing, greens cabbage, french beans with white potatoes and turkey butts in it." Hefty dinner menus for Thanksgiving day. Trody said, "I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping." ...

    More >>
  • Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

  • Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:42 PM EST2017-11-23 02:42:31 GMT
    Fans in line to buy tickets to the 5A South State Championship Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM.Fans in line to buy tickets to the 5A South State Championship Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM.

    Fans were waiting in the parking lot Wednesday outside Hattiesburg High School for tickets to go on sale for the 5A South State Championship Friday night. The Tigers are hosting the Laurel Tornadoes in a I-59 showdown.  The game, a repeat of the "Lil' Brown Jug" game will give the Tornadoes the chance at revenge, after Hattiesburg won the rivalry game 20-14 in August. Tyrone King was sitting in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., waiting for the ticket office to open it's ...

    More >>

    Fans were waiting in the parking lot Wednesday outside Hattiesburg High School for tickets to go on sale for the 5A South State Championship Friday night. The Tigers are hosting the Laurel Tornadoes in a I-59 showdown.  The game, a repeat of the "Lil' Brown Jug" game will give the Tornadoes the chance at revenge, after Hattiesburg won the rivalry game 20-14 in August. Tyrone King was sitting in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., waiting for the ticket office to open it's ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly