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May 11, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Nashville Flood is Unprecedented

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, 23 people were killed in the severe storms and massive flooding that hit Tennessee the weekend of May 1-2. The federal government has declared 42 counties disaster areas. City officials have said that flooding has caused more than $1.5 billion in property damage in the Nashville area alone.

Heavy rain fell across Tennessee the weekend of May 1-2 causing massive flooding. Image: ImpactWeather

This historic rain event breaks many Nashville records and now May 2010 ranks as the wettest May ever. As of 7pm on Sunday May 2, Nashville International Airport measured 7.21 inches. According to the NWS, this breaks the record for the most rain in a single calendar day in the city’s history. The two-day total for May 1-2 stands at 13.53 inches, which more than doubles the previous two-day record. On Saturday, May 1 Nashville picked up 6.32 inches of rain which ranks it as the 3rd greatest one-day rainfall in Nashville’s history.


Nashville is KBNA, towards the center. Image: GOES IR Satellite, 01 May 2010.


Downtown Nashville after the storm. Image: NEWSCOM

Currently, more than 17,000 people have requested assistance from the FEMA and more than $4 million in federal assistance has already been approved for individuals.

This is a tremendous story that has been overshadowed by other events but this is the most devastating damage Nashville has seen since the Civil war. If you would like to help the victims effected by the floods visit RedCross.org.

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