Metro to Give Update on Flood Preparation Plan Tonight

Metro officials will give an update tonight on what safeguards Nashville could add to handle another big flood. The Army Corps of Engineers just put out its final report on the May 2010 disaster.

The report (link) details the flood two years ago, when more than a foot of rain fell and 18 people were killed in the Nashville area. And it tallies up more than two billion dollars in damages.

Tonight Metro kicks off a round of progress updates (link) at McGavock high school, on a holistic plan for dealing with future floods.

At an earlier round of meetings, Nashville officials talked of potentially costly precautions, like levees and floodwalls, wider channels for drainage, and green spaces shaped like bowls to divert floodwaters.

Meanwhile the Corps’ report concludes the best way to handle a flood is to keep out of its way, by limiting construction near floodplains.


Officials have already bought out more than a hundred homes, and installed new flood gauges along area waterways.


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