Looting appears to have ceased; road crews working on repairs

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 12:38pm

Looting of houses damaged by Nashville’s record level of flooding appears to have ceased, at least temporarily.

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas, who earlier today announced he is leaving to lead the police department in New Orleans, said no looting took place last night, and the number of incidents remains at 26.

He said the death toll of the flooding is still at nine, but confirmed there are a few cases of missing persons.

With the recovery phase of Metro’s operation well under way, some 700 homes have been inspected by Metro’s urban search and rescue effort.

The mission of the teams is to inspect houses and property damaged by the weekend of flooding. Yesterday, they hit parts of Bordeaux, Antioch and Bellevue. Today, they’ll be visiting Mill’s Creek, Pennington Bend and Old Hickory.

Public Works crews, meanwhile, have completed 90 percent of damage assessments, which includes surveying roads, sidewalks and other public infrastructure. By the end of this week, Metro is expected to finalize agreements with outside companies that will help with the massive clean-up effort.

Gradually, the Cumberland River is nearing its normal water level; it was measured at 42.24 feet this morning. The river’s flood stage is 40 feet.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 5/7/10 at 8:10

They have also visited the flooded areas of Madison, I saw them in my neighborhood Wed.

By: d4deli on 5/7/10 at 8:19

Thanks for mentioning Madison. No one has talked about the blocks and blocks of streets that were totally flooded out. Yesterday was the first day some folks could even get into their homes to see what could be salvaged. I was helping with clean up yesterday afternoon, and the Salvation Army came by with dinner and water for folks. If Nashville is a bit overlooked on the National level, then Madison must be the step child of the step child. Even local Madison residents weren't aware of the devastation in their own back yard.

By: Rockgirl on 5/7/10 at 4:45

Thank you, d4deli, for your comments. My house in Madison, along with 8 others in the neighborhood, were flooded. So many Madison residents who stopped to offer assistance to us were astounded that anyone in Madison had flooded. While we only lost 2 rooms, my sister, who lives in another part of Madison, lost her entire home because it was completely engulfed by water. I never heard any news about any part of Madison throughout the entire flood coverage, except for one mention of Neely's Bend - and I don't live there.