UPDATE: Damages top $1.5 billion in Nashville; schools to be decided Saturday

Friday, May 7, 2010 at 1:06pm

With 83 percent of damaged properties surveyed, Mayor Karl Dean said assessors have identified $1.5 billion worth of damages, a number that will increase in the coming days.

The dollar figure, which doesn’t take into account public infrastructure, came after surveying 9,200 parcels of land. Two thousand of those are residential properties.

“This is only damage to commercial, industrial and residential buildings,” Dean said. “With about 20 percent of the county still to go, this number will only go up.

“While the number seems daunting, Nashville is in the process of recovering,” Dean added. “We continue to be a great city, and we continue to invite visitors to the city."  

When asked what damages to public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and sidewalks, could cost, Dean declined to speculate. 

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Administrators at Metro Nashville Public Schools will decide Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. whether to open schools back up Monday.

This morning, bus drivers went on a trial run to test out new routes due to several road closures. An MNPS spokesperson said the run went relatively well.

For information on schools closings, call 259-INFO.

 

2 Comments on this post:

By: JZATN on 5/7/10 at 12:46

Roads are the only concern for MNPS as to whether or not to bring students back into the schools? How about mold, school clean-up, etc? What environmental assessments have been done in the classrooms?

By: myopinion2 on 5/7/10 at 8:57

How will having the students back in school effect the water situation? Students will want to be clean (showers, baths) have clean clothes (laundry) . . .