Nashville Mayor Briley warns of serious flood threat this week

Feb 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville Mayor David Briley is asking Metro residents to take seriously the threat of flooding this week ahead of expected heavy rains.

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In a press statement released over the weekend, Briley says residents should stay updated and take precautions in light of weather service forecasts calling for up to 8 inches of additional rain this week.

Nashville Weather Service Office Meteorologist Sam Shamberger notes that the mid-state typically gets three to four inches of rain during the entire month of February.

“We’ve already doubled that and we’re looking for a lot more. If we do get as much as we’re currently forecasting this could be the wettest February of all time.”

Shamberger says its going to be dry today. But heavy rains will return tomorrow. Mayor Briley is asking Metro residents to make sure nearby storm drains are free of debris and report any that need to be cleared.

Tennessee Department of Insurance spokesman Kevin Walters says now is the perfect time to update your flood insurance, or purchase a policy if you don’t already have one.

"Remember, where it can rain, it can flood – and an inch of water in a home could cause more than $25,000 in damages. Flood damages are not typically covered through most homeowners' or renters' insurance policies.

You can buy flood policy through a local insurance agency, but the coverage is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.