Flood likely renders recent record for Metro codes property inspections

Monday, January 3, 2011 at 10:05pm

The Metro Codes and Building Safety Department’s Property Standards Division concluded a 2010 during which it likely inspected more parcels than during any other calendar year in recent memory, according to the division’s director. 

Codes inspectors reviewed approximately 10,000 parcels impacted, directly or indirectly, by the May flood alone, said Bill Penn, the Metro Codes Department's assistant director overseeing Property Standards Division.

“In a sense, we actually ended up noting additional violations we might not have seen because we were in the area of flooded properties,” Penn said. “It allowed our inspectors to see parts of their territories in more detail [than would have been the case otherwise].”

Penn said the flood damage assessment effort — many properties have required multiple inspector visits — required creative logistical and time management for the division inspectors to handle non-flood property nuisance assessment and citations.

“It was a challenge to do our normal workload, but we were able to get it done,” he said.

Penn said final 2010 nuisance property citation numbers are net yet completed.