Before running for the Tennessee Senate, Bob Krumm raised the question after Katrina hit New Orleans in '05 whether the Big Easy should be rebuilt at all. He joined a chorus of post-disaster voices on the right, including controversial Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert. That chorus prompted me last year to raise the history of catastrophic flooding in Nashville and to remind my readers of what we would have lost had leaders chosen not to rebuild parts of Nashville instead of constructing a series of sophisticated dams and flood control measures that have since saved us from further catastrophe.
The Tennessean raised a Katrina-like prospect for Nashville this morning with news of the potential failure of Kentucky's Wolf Creek Dam. It's time to ask proponents of letting flood-prone communities die whether those of us who live in North Nashville should relocate since their post-Katrina question would apply to us in the wake of a catastrophic dam failure along our waterways.