Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nashville Under Water

Last weekend was frightening to say the least. Torrential rains lasted for two days with a record rainfall in most areas of 10" - 13". The water rose so fast many people did not have a chance to evacuate their homes. Many of the businesses in downtown Nashville were flooded. In fact, most of the people that work in downtown Nashville were not able to go back to work until Friday and some are still closed. What's even sadder is most home owners and business owners did not have flood insurance. Most of these homes and businesses were not in a flood zone. Total damage is estimated at $1.5 billion. The Cumberland river crested at 51.9 feet, about 12 feet above flood stage, that's the highest since 1937.

The above video shows only some of the devastation Nashville experienced last week.The photos in this video are horrifying.

What was the most shocking to me was the fact that so many cars and trucks were caught on the interstate when the waters surged on I-24 Saturday afternoon and that was just the beginning.

Opryland Hotel sustained an enormous amount of damage. Over 1500 guests had to be evacuated. The hotel will be closed for 4 - 6 months for repairs.

Several of my family happened to be out of town and had to wait until Monday before they could return to Nashville. Since we live on a hill we survived without damage; just an over flowing pool and lots of broken branches from the high winds.

Nashville Businesses have donated millions of dollars to help the flood victims. If you would like to help in anyway, there are several organizations set up to receive donations.

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