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May. 4 2010 - 11:26 am | 2,509 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

The Nashville flood: A city under water

Country Music Hall of Fame in drier days. Sue Frause photo.

Seeing the pictures of a flooded Nashville make my heart go plunk.

I made my first visit to Nashville, Tennessee last year. Although I’m not a big fan of country music, I fell in love with the place. At the time, Southwest Airlines had direct flights from Seattle to Nashville, although those have since disappeared. No matter. I’m definitely going back in the next few years, with my hubby in tow. He loves country western.

It’s hard to imagine that the streets I walked along are now filled with the waters of the Cumberland River. Power is out, businesses are closed, lives interrupted — hopefully only temporarily. The country music community is asking for help and prayers, as reported in People magazine.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort is closed, and according to the Nashville Business Journal, it could stay that way for months. Also filled with water is the Country Music Hall of Fame and the basement of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where I attended a concert featuring the Nashville Symphony and Al Jarreau.

Guests from the Hilton Hotel, where I stayed, were evacuated and power is out along Nashville’s riverfront.

It made our so-called “extraordinary storm” here in the Pacific Northwest on Monday seem pretty silly.


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    singer david archuleta has love for nashville, has been in the city a great deal over the past few months working w/several songwriters on his upcoming pop cd… he has sent this text out to his 355k twitter followers… he is a class act.

    DavidArchie
    Extensive damage due to rains & flooding. Please, text REDCROSS to 90999 to give a $10 donation to #nashvilleflood recovery.

    less than a minute ago via txt

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