City, contractor crews begin massive cleanup effort

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:25pm
Staff reports

The cleanup of the Nashville Flood has begun in full.

Early this morning, crews from Metro Public Works — joined by two private companies hired by the city to assist — began collecting discarded materials from homes and businesses damaged by flooding. Materials range from storm debris to appliances and furniture.

Public Works is asking residents to divide their storm debris into four separate piles, and crews have been instructed to pick up all debris that is curbside. (Read the guidelines for setting out your debris here.) Also, all three Metro Convenience Centers remain open, and residents may visit the centers three times a day to drop off debris and recyclables. Hazardous wastes such as paint, cleaners and solvents can be taken to the East Convenience Center, located at 943A Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive. That center is also accepting damaged electronics.

The other two centers are the Omohundro facility (1019 Omohundro Place) and Rivergate (939A Anderson Lane). Click here for more information.

Public Works director Billy Lynch said his agency dispatched trucks to flooded neighborhoods as early as Wednesday, but officials there quickly realized additional help would be needed.

Metro hired two Alabama-based companies that appear to have extensive experience in disaster recovery efforts.

Storm Reconstruction Services, Inc. worked on the recovery after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike. It also contributed to cleanup efforts after a series of ice storms hit the Southeast and parts of the Midwest last year. (View a list of the company’s recent work here.)

The other contractor, the DRC Group, most recently sent recovery teams to Haiti after the devastating earthquake there in January. It was also hired in Texas to conduct cleanup services in the wake of Hurricane Ike. (Read more about the company’s work here.)

In all, there are 80 trucks on the road, including Metro’s 17.

Public Works has also begun repairing roadways and streetlights damaged by sinkholes, mudslides and general flooding. Last week, there were some 450 roads and bridges in need of repair, according to Metro government. There has been no official cost estimate for damage to city infrastructure. As of late last week, Metro had assessed damage in more than 80 percent of Davidson County and estimated the damage to private property alone at more than $1.5 billion. 

3 Comments on this post:

By: tn. girl on 5/10/10 at 12:02

Public Works is just now getting started with the cleanup; but I think your readers need to understand that if it were not for the Sheriff's Office (Correctional Service's Division) along with over 400 inmates working from Sunday when the flood started that we residents of Davidson County would not have any water what so ever and also these same Sheriff's Officers along with inmates what work non stop sense then on clearing flood debri from the very first day. I for one want to thank these hard working individuals who do not seem to be getting any credit for the dedication they have shown this city.

By: gabbyknashville on 5/10/10 at 12:20

TN Girl,
I personally noticed all the help by the Sheriff's office and inmates and I think I can speak for everyone in that all the hard work is more than appreciated. Unfortunately, this situation has been too overwhelming to acknowledge everyone..mainly because everyone is so busy volunteering themselves. So, virtual pat on the back to everyone!! Glad the Sheriff's dept and inmates could play a role in the recovery.

By: SirKnight on 5/11/10 at 9:39

I don't see how anyone can complain about anyone or any group not getting enough recognition about helping the community. Doing selfless actions like saving lives, saving homes, salvaging personal belongings or saving water treatment plants are actions we ALL appreciate. No one deserves any more or less praise than the next. gabby is correct. The situation is too overwhelming right now to to this.