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.