Editor’s note: The one−year anniversary of the Flood of 2010 was May 1−2. This is the first in a series as The Herald takes a look back at the flood and its effect on Dickson County over the last 12 months.

By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published May 5, 2011

Friday, April 30, 2010, forecasters called for a rainy weekend.

The clouds opened up that night, and over the next two days more rain fell in Middle and West Tennessee than when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.

A year later it’s raining − again. The National Weather Service estimated 6−8 inches fell in the county between April 25−27. Nothing like last year’s historic flood, where the county recorded between 8−20 inches of rain, but enough to rekindle memories of that fateful May weekend.

Over the past year, the May flood victims persevered through the devastation with bountiful help from neighbors, volunteers and complete strangers. Some have returned to their homes, and others are still waiting to rebuild.

But as the rain continued to fall April 27 afternoon, those living by the waters that drove them away last May were keeping an eye to the sky, with memories of a weekend that started with a rainy forecast.

“I’m pretty gun−shy now, because they’re saying (the Cumberland River) is going to be a foot above flood stage,” said Mike Klaiber, who lives by the river.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expected the Cumberland River’s headwater (above the Cheatham Dam) to crest at 392 feet above sea level − seven feet above the 385−foot normal pooling depth − during last week’s rains. Flood level.

Last May, the river’s headwater measured 404.15 feet above sea level, as the skies thoroughly drenched Middle and West Tennessee May 1−2.

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