What Is True/Slant?
275+ knowledgeable contributors.
Reporting and insight on news of the moment.
Follow them and join the news conversation.

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.


3 Total Comments
Post your comment »
  1. collapse expand

    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.

    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

Log in for notification options
Comments RSS

Post Your Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment

Log in with your True/Slant account.

Previously logged in with Facebook?

Create an account to join True/Slant now.

Facebook users:
Create T/S account with Facebook

My T/S Activity Feed


    About Me

    I'm a professional freelance writer and photographer who has been in the journalism 'biz since 1988. I live on a small farm on an island in Puget Sound with my husband, chickens, turkeys and our very own field of dreams. When I'm not packing and unpacking from exploring the seven continents (yup, I've done 'em all), I enjoy theater, movies, jazz, fine food, heavenly spas and long dinner parties with my family and friends. Oh, I grew up in the '60s and I sort of remember it through the haze.

    See my profile »
    Followers: 48
    Contributor Since: June 2009
    Location:Whidbey Island, USA

    What I'm Up To

    • My travel tips on Examiner

      Hotel Hana-Maui

      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is offering room rates as low as $90/night. And Wowie Maui! The Bachelorette Jillian Harris is headed to Hawaii with her three suitors. Read about the Hotel Hana-Maui on my Seattle Travel Examiner site.

    • My latest on Crosscut

      Ferry from Sidney, BC to Anacortes, WA

      I contribute to Crosscut, an online publication about Seattle and News of the Great Nearby. Read my latest: Ferries etiquette 101.

    • Tim Hortons vs. Dunkin’


      Tim Hortons, a fast-growing “quick service restaurant” founded in Canada, is headed to the Big Apple. Will New Yorkers embrace Tim’s coffee and the other menu items of this restaurant founded by a Canadian hockey legend? Stay tuned. In the meantime, read about it on my Closet Canuck blog. Photo by Sue Frause.

    • +O
    • +O
    • +O