Library to build digital history of 2010 flood

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 5:11pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Public Library is hoping to document Nashville’s devastating May flood by spearheading a citywide digital history project.

Mayor Karl Dean announced Thursday that the public library will be partnering with various community-based organizations and Metro departments to collect and organize individual accounts, photographs, videos and other material to create a historical record of the Great Flood of 2010.

“Six months ago doesn’t feel like history to any of us yet, especially as we continue to work on the city’s recovery,” Dean said in a written statement. “But it’s important that we begin work now to preserve information about the flood, which will no doubt be viewed for decades to come as a historic event that forever changed our city.

“The public library is the absolute right entity to lead this effort,” he said. “I look forward to participating in the project and having the opportunity to review the materials when the project is complete.”

Donna Nicely, director of the Nashville Public Library, said the library’s mission is to preserve the history of a community.

“This Flood 2010 Digital Project will be the historical record of what happened, as told by the people who lived through it,” Nicely said.

The public library will be training volunteers how to gather oral histories and digitize photographs and other memorabilia. The library is expected to finish the project by next summer.

1 Comment on this post:

By: EddieA on 10/23/10 at 8:10

I have lots of still photographs and film footage from the May 1 and May 2, 2010 flood in our area. While our area received water damgage, it was not as bad as other areas. I still have a section of the crawl space to complete with new insulation. I had flood insurance.

Many people do not know a FEMA memo reclassified homes in 2008. This reclassification resulted in an increase in flood insurance rates based on elevation. Many people do not know FEMA redrew the flood maps in 2001 but, as of 2010, have not certified them.