PSC Metals, a massive scrap yard on the east bank of the Cumberland River, sustained significant damage from the weekend of flooding, but the facility could be up and running again as soon as electricity is restored.
As the Cumberland hit record-breaking flood levels earlier this week, one of the most dramatic sites in Nashville was the 50-acre recycling site, which was overwhelmed by at least 6 feet of standing water in some parts.
The cost of the damage is still unclear, according to Mike Bowling, general manager of PSC Metals.
“I wouldn’t even want to begin to put a number on it,” he said.
Bowling said experts are currently assessing damages. “This is such a multi-faceted operation,” he said. “There are some parts that they’ll be able to turn back on much easier than other parts.”
The PSC Metals site processes more than 250,000 tons of scrap metal a year, and is usually considered one of Nashville’s biggest eyesores for its piles of metal and machinery that sit close to the river and are visible from downtown.
Bowling said piles of metal moved “very little” little during the flooding and did not flow into the river. He said most of piles are contained within walls, adding it would be unlikely for them to flow away in the first place.
“It wouldn’t float off,” Bowling said. “It’s heavier than water.”
With flood victims removing items from their homes, Bowling said PSC Metals needs to resume operations as soon as possible.
“The city could really use us to be in business right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of refrigerators, washers and dryers that people are taking from these houses, and they need to have some place to take them.”