Army Corps of Engineers releases report on 2010 flood

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 3:03pm
Staff reports

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on Wednesday released its May 2010 Post Flood Technical Report for the Cumberland and Duck River Basins.

The report is intended to provide local communities and agencies with a thorough and complete understanding of the record flood event of May 1-4, 2010.

Just weeks after the historic flood, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper joined U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in openly questioning the Corps’ preparedness and response to the flooding.

Report project engineer Barry Moran said, "This report will serve as one component of a regional effort to improve flood preparedness and response in Middle Tennessee and advance our mission for the protection of life and property in the Cumberland River and Tennessee River Basins.”

The report — available at by clicking on the "2010 Flood Info" link — is divided into six chapters: an introductory analysis of the flood, meteorological conditions, water management, hydraulic evaluation, flood damage assessment and conclusions.

Bill Peoples, spokesman for the Corps, said the report has allowed the Corps' Nashville District to update data on record flooding in 19 Middle Tennessee watersheds as well as use flood profile updates and economic damage assessments to assist with flood preparedness efforts in the Metro area and throughout the state of Tennessee.

According to the Corps, it is conducting several other studies, including reconnaissance studies of the Cumberland, Harpeth and Duck Rivers.