The river is usually to the right of the trees on the far right. We had heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday and this resulted in massive flooding of historic proportions. The Cumberland River crested this evening around 52 or 53 feet. The last time the river was recorded at that level was 1937. To put into greater perspective how epic that is, the river was at 19 feet on Friday. The devastation is, well, devastating. In addition to the thousands of homes that were damaged and likely destroyed, major businesses and attractions were affected.
1500 people were evacuated from Opryland Hotel Sunday night and it now has 10 feet of water inside. It may remain closed for months. This photo is in an enclosed conservatory area.
LP Field where the Tennessee Titans play football was flooded to the 5th row of seats.
Bridgestone Arena is where the Nashville Predators play and where most concerts are held. The SEC basketball tournament was also held here this year.
I'm sure the Grand Ole Opry House doesn't need an introduction. It is also where I graduated high school.
Even after the immediate issues of safety, drinking water, electricity, etc. are taken care of, the economic impact on the area is going to be heavy. We were lucky where I live. I didn't have any damage and my parents had about 2 feet of water in their crawlspace. So many people have lost everything. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see the news coverage. Flash flooding and tornadoes were the concern on Saturday. There was actually a school portable building that some somehow made it to the flooded interstate and was floating down I-24. It ended up crashing into several cars and a tractor trailer. This picture is of the interstate at the peak of the flood.
I can't imagine what a mess Nashville will be in once the waters finally recede. I feel terrible for all these people who didn't have flood insurance and are now realizing that homeowner's insurance doesn't cover flooding. Keep Middle Tennessee in your thoughts and prayers. They'll certainly be needed for awhile.
And to bring a little levity to the tragic situation, I bring you the Nashville Tornado Penis. One of our meteorologists ended up drawing this lovely picture on air. Thanks Charlie Neese. You are now famous. (Hey, he even has a FB fan page.)