3 studies aim to better city's handling of major flooding - WKRN News 2

3 studies aim to better city's handling of major flooding

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is banding together with area counties to study ways to better handle major flooding.

In May of 2010, the Cumberland River rose almost one foot per hour, and many other areas were virtually submerged.

Many businesses and homes were either destroyed or heavily damaged.

Those affected by the recent flash flood on August 8 in north Nashville can also relate to the 2010 flood.

The mayor said Tuesday that the 2010 flood was a thousand-year flood, but the rainfall totals equal those of the August flood.

Dean added it was the second thousand-year flood event for Nashville in just three years.

While people can't control the amount of rainfall, the Corps and flood plain communities can be better prepared to react.

Three feasibility studies are now being launched.

The studies will focus on the Cumberland River, Harpeth River and Mill Creek, with a total cost of 2.4 million dollars.

"Some examples may be home removal; homes that get flooded a lot. Channel modification.  Bridge modifications. Those sorts of things that reduce the flood risk," said Amanda Burt, Project Manager with the Corps of Engineers.

"We could also look at channel widening, and sometimes it's just the bridge is just too narrow and a widened bridge would reduce flood damages and things like that," said Sue Ferguson, another Project Manager.

The cost of the studies is being divvied up among the Corp, the city of Nashville, local sponsors. They will be completed by August of 2016.

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