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Sign marks flood awareness initiative on third anniversary of May 2010 flood

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published May 2, 2013
(Left to right) Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services; and Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, unveil the first of more than a dozen high water marks to be placed in the city as part of the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" Initiative.  The event took place at England Park May 2, 2013.

(Left to right) Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services; and Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, unveil the first of more than a dozen high water marks to be placed in the city as part of the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" Initiative. The event took place at England Park May 2, 2013.

Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, speaks during a ceremony at England Park in Nashville, Tenn., where officials unveiled a high water mark sign.  It is the first of more than a dozen high water marks to be placed in different locations around the city. The Corps participated in the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" initiative to draw attention to Nashville's flood risk by showcasing how high the water rose during the historic May 2010 floods.  The program was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, USACE, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Housing and Development, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Small Business Administration. Nashville Metro Mayor Karl Dean is standing behind the Nashville District commander.

Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, speaks during a ceremony at England Park in Nashville, Tenn., where officials unveiled a high water mark sign. It is the first of more than a dozen high water marks to be placed in different locations around the city. The Corps participated in the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" initiative to draw attention to Nashville's flood risk by showcasing how high the water rose during the historic May 2010 floods. The program was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, USACE, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Housing and Development, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Small Business Administration. Nashville Metro Mayor Karl Dean is standing behind the Nashville District commander.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean speaks during a ceremony where officials unveiled a high water mark sign to bring attention to flood awareness. Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, stands behind the mayor.  The Corps participated with the city and other federal agencies in the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" Initiative.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean speaks during a ceremony where officials unveiled a high water mark sign to bring attention to flood awareness. Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, stands behind the mayor. The Corps participated with the city and other federal agencies in the "Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware" Initiative.

Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services, speaks about the May 2010 flood during opening comments of a ceremony at England Park where officials unveiled a high water mark sign showing where waters rose during the historic flood.  The event held May 2, 2013 highlighted the "Know Your Line" Be Flood Aware" Initiative designed to draw attention to Nashville's flood risk. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District participated in the ceremony.

Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services, speaks about the May 2010 flood during opening comments of a ceremony at England Park where officials unveiled a high water mark sign showing where waters rose during the historic flood. The event held May 2, 2013 highlighted the "Know Your Line" Be Flood Aware" Initiative designed to draw attention to Nashville's flood risk. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District participated in the ceremony.

People participate in a moment of silence at the beginning of a ceremony to unveil a high water mark sign May 2, 2013 at England Park in Nashville, Tenn. Officials posted the sign to draw attention to flood risk and make them aware of how high waters rose during the May 2010 flood.

People participate in a moment of silence at the beginning of a ceremony to unveil a high water mark sign May 2, 2013 at England Park in Nashville, Tenn. Officials posted the sign to draw attention to flood risk and make them aware of how high waters rose during the May 2010 flood.

This "High Water Mark" sign was unveiled May 2, 2013 at England Park in Nashville, Tenn., to draw attention to flood risk and make citizens aware of where waters rose during the May 2010 flood.

This "High Water Mark" sign was unveiled May 2, 2013 at England Park in Nashville, Tenn., to draw attention to flood risk and make citizens aware of where waters rose during the May 2010 flood.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 2, 2013) – The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District joined Nashville officials and representatives from other federal agencies today at England Park to draw attention to flood risk and awareness on the third anniversary of the May 2010 flood.

Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp spoke and participated in an unveiling of a “High Water Mark” sign where homes were submerged when Richland Creek flooded the area.  A couple lost their lives on the site during the flood and the park is named in their honor.

DeLapp said since the flood the Corps has developed close partnerships with the city and numerous other local, state and federal entities to assist with engineering and flood modeling and mapping, and has invested $1.3 million of federal funds to these efforts.

In addition, DeLapp noted, the Corps provided assistance in the development of the city’s online tools to better predict and inform the public where flooding will occur.

“To date we’ve also spent $2 million of federal funds on flood preparedness plans for the counties of Wilson, Sumner, Rutherford, and Cheatham,” DeLapp said. “The Metro and USGS have also added over 10 new gages on the Cumberland River and tributaries to better predict its accuracy of the waters that flow” through them.

Mayor Karl Dean said it’s hard to believe three years have already passed since the May 2010 flood when it rained for 48 straight hours, which was more than the city had seen in its recorded history.

“We remember that tragically the flood waters took the lives of 11 Nashvillians, and we remember how the story of the flood in Nashville turned into a story of incredible optimism and community spirit, of people coming together to help each other in the most dire of circumstances,” Dean said.

The mayor added that the placement of the high water mark at England Park is a way of providing continued education about flood risks so citizens can be better prepared to protect themselves and their property.

The markers are being installed over the next month at public places including Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Harpeth River Greenway, Hands On Nashville Urban Farm at Wimpole Drive, Richland Creek Greenway, Edmondson Pike Library, Stones River Greenway and Whites Creek Greenway.

“My hope is that citizens will spend a minute considering how a major flood could impact them, and take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their homes, said Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services.

Since May 2010, Nashville has taken additional steps such as the Unified Flood Preparedness Plan, Nashville SAFE and NERVE, to be better prepared and have advanced warning of a flood event.

The placement of high water mark signs is born from the “Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware” Initiative and serves as a daily reminder of the community’s history and potential for flooding and guide citizens and businesses to take steps to think about flood preparedness.

The initiative was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, USACE, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Small Business Administration.