Public invited to offer input on countywide flood protection plan

Mayor Megan Barry’s Office of Resilience, Metro Water Services and area council members invite the public to learn how Metro is creating a citywide resilience strategy to ensure that the city is prepared to thrive and meet its biggest challenges. This series of community workshops will gather public input on issues and the proposed Countywide Flood Protection Plan.

The first of these meetings is set for Thursday, February 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the East Park Community Center, 700 Woodland Street.

Since the May 2010 flood, Metro Water Services has worked with local, state and federal agencies to improve public safety and minimize the potential impact of future floods. The investment to date—totaling more than $140 million since 2002 — has increased public safety and reduced risk of property damage from floods in every Metro district, according to public officials.

Now, Nashville is poised to complete the next phase of its multifaceted, countywide Flood Protection System to shield Metro from flooding disasters. Realizing that Davidson County is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, the Office of Resilience recommends that Metro government continue to support the countywide Flood Protection System to safeguard the community.

Since 2002, a total of $143.4 million in federal, state, and local funds have been invested in the countywide Flood Protection System: $46.8 million has been allocated to home acquisition—removing homes that are susceptible to flooding; $3.7 million has been dedicated to NERVE and SAFE technologies to alert the public, first responders and Metro officials about extreme weather events; and $92.9 million has been used for additional mitigation programs, such as feasibility studies and preparedness plans, pump station improvements across the county and newly appointed “watershed advisors” who monitor tributaries throughout the county.

Additional meetings have been set for February 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bellevue YMCA and Hartman Park Community Center, 2801 Tucker Road, on March 3 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.