Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Nashville: Ten Feet High & Rising

No joke intended, Nashville has been hit hard by endless rains this week. The Cumberland River has overflowed and flooded much of the downtown area Monday night.

The Country Music Hall of Fame's first floor is underwater, as is First Avenue and Second Avenue. The water is not expected to reach Broadway where the Ryman Auditorium, Gruhn's Guitar Shop, Hatch Print Co. and other historic buildings are located.

On the other side of town the Opry Mills Mall (which houses the Gibson Showcase Factory) is under water. Next door the current home of the Grand Ole Opry and Opryland Hotel is under ten feet of water. The river is expected to stop rising late Tuesday evening.

Needless to say, if you are planning a trip to Nashville in the next month you will want to confirm any activities on your agenda before leaving home. It will be a long period of cleaning and rebuilding. Much of the Franklin and Carroll Counties in Tennessee have been flooded.