Local community leaders push for flood legislation

In response to Tennessee’s flood risk, local elected officials, business owners, and citizens formed the Flood Ready Tennessee Coalition.

According to the group, communities like Red Bank could face serious economic and personal costs in the event of flooding.

“Our main thoroughfare on Dayton Boulevard is built alongside and in some cases over Stringer’s Branch, our main waterway, which means that 70% of our business businesses are at operational risk from flooding,” he said. said Hollie Berry, Mayor of Red Bank.

The coalition seeks to reduce the risk of flood fallout through executive and legislative action.

“A city and county alone cannot deal with flooding holistically. We need a watershed-based approach, and the state is really the entity that could help us do that.

One of Flood Ready Tennessee’s goals is to push for a state-funded program that would mitigate flood risk. Such programs already exist in South Carolina, Texas and Florida.

The group also supports the creation of a team that would oversee the coordination of several agencies against flood risks.

“There really is no opportunity for all these different groups to come together to talk about the problem, what are the measures that can solve it in a fiscally responsible but effective way, because a dollar invested in flood prevention saves twelve dollars on the back end,” said Michael Walton, executive director of green spaces.

Forty government officials from across the state joined the coalition.