Bill would have owners of floodplain property receive Metro notification

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 7:05pm

Owners of property designated within the city’s floodway or floodplain for the first time could receive notices informing them their land is in flood-prone areas.

An ordinance sponsored by Antioch-area Metro Council members Sam Coleman and Duane Dominy would require Metro to send out written notices to citizens whose land is added to the list of floodplain and floodway properties after new flood maps are published for Davidson County.

The bill is set to go before the council Tuesday on the first of three votes.

“There’s no mandate on them notifying local citizens,” Coleman said. “I realize that this may cost a few pennies to have us do, but I thought it should be a part of our mandate to let people know.”

The proposal comes as Nashville approaches the one-year anniversary of the city’s historic flood that occurred during the first weekend of May 2010.

Coleman said floodplain notices could be valuable when individuals consider different types of home insurance. In addition, he said owners are required to disclose a property’s floodplain status when selling their properties.

According to the Metro Planning Department, 6,498 parcels touch the city’s floodway, the area most susceptible to future flooding. Another 9,410 parcels touch only the 100-year floodplain.

Coleman said it’s too early to know how many notices would be sent to property owners after the city’s new flood maps are updated in the coming months.

3 Comments on this post:

By: gid on 4/19/11 at 6:38

Really? Save the stamp, I know I am in the flood plan / way. 5' of water told me that.

By: girliegirl on 4/19/11 at 7:40

LOL at Gid

By: girliegirl on 4/19/11 at 7:43

It is odd that the day the Corp released the water from the damn, my husband, a local civil engineer knew every street and thoroughfare for me to avoid while out driving. I never once was at risk, but saw and heard of 100s of folks suddenly faced with their own peril.

And while this mailer will aid current owners, what of the future residents. We saw interviews with renters who found themselves literally under water and had no prior knowledge of such a possible issue when they signed their leases. What protection will you offer them?