Record Floods of Greater Nashville: Including Flooding in Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, May 1-4, 2010   [open pdf - 5MB]

"On May 1-2, 2010, record-breaking rains struck Kentucky and the Tennessee Valley region. Western and Middle Tennessee were hardest hit with local amounts of 18-20 inches to the south and west of Greater Nashville along the Interstate 40 corridor. There were 26 flooding fatalities directly attributed to this event in Kentucky and Tennessee, 11 of which were in Greater Nashville. Preliminary estimates of property damage are in excess of $2 billion in Greater Nashville alone. Due to the significant effects of the event, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service formed a service assessment team to evaluate the National Weather Service's performance before and during the catastrophic flooding. The findings and recommendations from this assessment will improve the quality of National Weather Service products and services, and enhance awareness relating to flash flooding and river flooding. The ultimate goal of this report is to help the National Weather Service perform its mission of protecting life and property and enhancing the national economy."

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