For Some Hit by 2010 Flood, No Safeguard Too Costly

Last night Metro officials gave an update on plans they’re drafting in case of another big flood, like in May of 2010. WPLN’s Daniel Potter reports some hit hard by the disaster two years ago want to spare no expense in keeping it from happening again.

Metro is looking at all kinds of options for areas the last flood left under water. They could build floodwalls or earthen levees, or tear down more houses near rivers. They say deciding just what to do, and where, will mean a balancing act between risk and cost.

“You never know. It could not happen again for another 500 years.”

Tamlin Lorenz says after her home in Pennington Bend flooded, she had to take out a federal loan to afford cleanup costs – which will take 17 years to pay back. While Metro’s flood prevention plan is months from a cost estimate, Lorenz thinks being on the safe side is worth any expense.

“To not have to go through what I went through again, I think most people would be willing to put out a little bit more.”

Two more public updates on planning flood preparations are scheduled (link) for later this month.

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