Nashville marks anniversary of devastating May 2010 flood - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

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.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Temporary location change for West Cal Law Enforcement Center

    Temporary location change for West Cal Law Enforcement Center

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:12:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office is making some renovations to its West Cal Law Enforcement Center and that will mean a change in location.  Effective Thursday, June 21 the center, currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur, will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway. The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The drug drop box wil...

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office is making some renovations to its West Cal Law Enforcement Center and that will mean a change in location.  Effective Thursday, June 21 the center, currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur, will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway. The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The drug drop box wil...

    More >>
  • Reckless driver accident on Calcasieu River bridge, take alternate route

    Reckless driver accident on Calcasieu River bridge, take alternate route

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:08 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:08:26 GMT
    Google maps shows very slow traffic. (Source: Google maps)Google maps shows very slow traffic. (Source: Google maps)

    Lake Charles Police are working on vehicle accident on the Westlake Bridge, according to officials at LCPD.  

    More >>

    Lake Charles Police are working on vehicle accident on the Westlake Bridge, according to officials at LCPD.  

    More >>
  • McNeese State University football team will receive new smart helmets

    McNeese State University football team will receive new smart helmets

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:34:11 GMT
    The McNeese State University football team will be receiving new "smart" helmets today. The helmets donated by the Lake Charles Memorial Foundation, contain technology that will alert people on the sidelines to significant hits during practice or games.  That data can then be used to identify different training exercises that could be used to reduce head impacts. The foundation also donated "smart helmets" to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  Copyri...More >>
    The McNeese State University football team will be receiving new "smart" helmets today. The helmets donated by the Lake Charles Memorial Foundation, contain technology that will alert people on the sidelines to significant hits during practice or games.  That data can then be used to identify different training exercises that could be used to reduce head impacts. The foundation also donated "smart helmets" to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  Copyri...More >>
Powered by Frankly