Launch Case Study: Nashville, TN High Water Mark Initiative

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Nashville High Water Mark SignOn May 2, 2013, the three-year anniversary of the May 2010 flood, local and federal agencies and residents met to unveil the first “Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware” High Water Mark sign in England Park. The High Water Mark Initiative strives to draw attention to Nashville’s flood risks by displaying how high the water reached in past floods and encouraging citizens to take steps to reduce their risks.


Launch Event Attendees

  • Nashville: Mayor Karl Dean; Scott Potter, Tom Palko, Roger Lindsey, and Sonia Harvat (Metro Water Services); Duane Dominy (Metro Council); family members and neighbors of Andrew and Martha England who lost their lives in the 2010 flood
  • State: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
  • Federal: Keith Richardson (HUD – Federal lead); Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Benjamin L. Rohrbach, Lacey M. Thomason (USACE); Shannon Williams (USGS); James LaRosa (NOAA); Courtney Partlow (FEMA Contract Support)

May 2010 Flood and Welcome Remarks

In May 2010, Nashville experienced unprecedented flooding that resulted in the loss of 11 lives and more  Scott Potter, Director of Metro Water Services, discusses Home Buyout and Community Development Block Grant Disaster fundingthan two billion dollars in property damage. Scott Potter, Director of Metro Water Services, welcomed attendees and provided remarks on flood recovery and discussed Home Buyout and Community Development Block Grant Disaster funding.


Local and Federal Partnerships

Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp delivers remarks about the 2010 flooding.Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp remarked that since the May 2010 flood, USACE has developed close partnerships with the city and numerous other local, state and federal entities to assist with engineering, flood modeling, mapping and has invested $1.3 million of federal funds to these efforts. In addition, DeLapp noted that the USACE provided assistance in the development of the city’s online tools to better predict and inform the public.


Mayor Karl Dean’s Remarks

Mayor Karl Dean makes remarks about the 2010 floodMayor Karl Dean remarked it was hard to believe three years have 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. The mayor added that the placement of the High Water Mark sign 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. Scott Potter and Commander DeLapp then joined the mayor to unveil the city’s first sign.


Resulting News Coverage

Nashville High Water Mark Initiative Media CoverageThe High Water Mark event drew significant media coverage by local news channels and newspapers. For clips from the event, please visit:

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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