Debby Dale Mason
| Feb 27, 2015
Earlier this week, Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Water Services unveiled a $100 million plan
to build a flood wall in downtown Nashville along the west bank of the Cumberland River.
The proposed wall would protect the city in the event of a flood even larger than the 2010 flood that caused $2 billion in damages and inundated several downtown blocks for a week. The growth and investment that has taken place downtown since 2010, including major developments in SoBro, would make the impact of any future downtown flooding even more costly.
The 2,100-foot-long flood wall will run along First Avenue from the new West Riverfront Park amphitheater to Fort Nashboro. A permanent 900-foot wall will be included within the park, while the remainder of the wall will include removable partitions that could be placed within eight hours. This system, which is is included in the 2015-2016 Metro Capital Improvements Budget, represents a significant investment in Nashville's downtown core that benefits the entire city.
Next Tuesday, Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter will hold a public meeting to share the same detailed presentation
that was given to media on Feb. 25. Additional engineers and project managers will be on hand ...