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Nashville Flood of August 2013

On Aug. 8, 2013, the northern part of Davidson County experienced historic rainfall of 7.8 inches causing isolated flash flooding. More rain fell in a 12-hour period in the Gibson Creek watershed, which covers Madison and Bordeaux, than it did during the May 2010 floods. This event also set a new record for the most rainfall in a single hour since weather records have been kept for Nashville.

Flood Recovery

If you have been impacted by the August 2013 flood in Nashville, it’s recommended that you do the following things:

  • Clean up the flooded areas as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. Cleaning supplies are available by calling (615) 567-3232.
  • To protect you and your property value, get a permit from Metro Codes before rebuilding.
    • Building permit contact numbers for residential property owners: (615) 862-6621 or (615) 862-6606
    • Building permit contact numbers for commercial property owners: (615) 862-6519 or (615) 862-6039
  • Save receipts from any expenses related to recovery and rebuilding (in case federal reimbursements become available).

Individual Assistance for Immediate Needs

Federal disaster assistance is not currently available; however work is underway to request assistance from FEMA. Check this web page often for updates.

Local area nonprofits are providing assistance for immediate needs, such as food, clothing and cleaning supplies. A hotline has been established to direct flood victims to the necessary resources. If you need assistance, call (615) 567-3232. The hotline is active Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Note: Calls are being routed to several different agencies, therefore your call may be answered by one of a number of nonprofit organizations.

Flood Debris Removal

Metro Public Works will remove flood debris from private property at no cost. Place all damaged items on the curb. To arrange for pickup, contact the Metro Customer Service Center at 311 (if calling from a land line) or (615) 862-8750 (if calling from a mobile phone). 

Home Buyout Program

At this time, there is not a home buyout program for 2013 flood victims. If you want to be on the list for potential home buyouts in the unlikely scenario that funding for more buyouts becomes available, contact Stan Robinson at Metro Water Services at (615) 862-4516.