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Mayor estimates damage at $1.56 billion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With 99% of the property damage assessment from last week's flooding now complete in Davidson County, Mayor Karl Dean estimates the damages in Nashville at $1.56 billion.

The figure only includes building damage and not personal property or infrastructure damage.

The number also does not include damage to areas such as greenway trails and facilities.  The value of damaged public buildings and building contents is also not included.

The mayor said numerous crews with the city's public works department continue working to repair roads, bridges and traffic signals. 

Roadway crews are repairing streets damaged by flooding, sinkholes and mudslides, and getting them reopened for traffic.

As of Sunday, engineering crews had repaired over a dozen traffic signal cabinets that had been flooded, and technicians are continuing to monitor and repair traffic signals.

Other Public Works employees are supervising and coordinating Metro Beautification volunteers, crews from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Drug Court and community service workers who are assisting with cleanup.

The number of flood-related deaths in Nashville stands at nine with two persons missing.

The city said on Monday recovery efforts will continue in the areas where those missing were last seen.

Danny Tomlinson, 39, of Pegram, hasn't been seen since Saturday, May 1 when his car was washed away in flood waters on Newsom Station Road in Bellevue.

The car was recovered from the area last Tuesday.

Daniel Brown, 18, was last seen while tubing in Mill Creek in the Antioch area on the evening of Sunday, May 2.

Two friends with Brown at the time made it ashore.  Brown has not been seen since.

In one week's time, between May 2 and May 10, more than 9,000 volunteers registered with Hands on Nashville and donated nearly 40,000 hours of their time to flood recovery efforts.

The projected economic impact of the volunteerism stands at more than $800,000.

Volunteers are still in need and can register with Hands on Nashville at HON.org.

Monetary gifts can be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee online at CFMT.org or by calling 1-888-540-5200.  Visit CFMT.org for complete details.

Five disaster information centers set up to provide general information and assistance to flood victims will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through at least Friday.

Click here for a complete list of center locations and more information on how you can help local flood victims.

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