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.