May 2, 2024 - News

Remembering the 2010 flood on its anniversary

An SUV submerged in flood water

An SUV is submerged in filthy flood water downtown during the 2010 flood. Photo: Rusty Russell/Getty Images

The historic flood that killed 11 people in the Nashville area and caused more than $2 billion in private property damage took place 14 years ago this week.

By the numbers: During a 36-hour stretch of May 1-2, 2010, 13.57 inches of rain fell, according to the National Weather Service.

  • The Cumberland River crested at 51.86 feet. Flood stage is 40 feet.
  • Approximately 10,000 people were displaced from their homes.
  • Volunteers responded in droves. According to then-Mayor Karl Dean's office, 29,000 volunteers provided 375,000 hours of service to flood victims.

Go deeper: Read the Tennessean's coverage marking the 10-year anniversary.


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