The Opry House Under Water

Nashville and its surrounding area has had a very rough time since Saturday, May 1, 2010. The area received over 13 inches of rain in 2 days (5/1-5/2), certainly a new record. There had already been a number of deaths on Saturday night as I attempted to enjoy Jimmy Buffett at the Bridgestone Arena.

Anyway, the rain stopped Sunday afternoon. With it went the potential flooding threat to our home, but the region’s overall and true damage was just beginning.

I have seen numerous heartbreaking images since Saturday, but few drive it home the way this one does. This is inside The Grand Ole Opry House, the home of the “Grand Ole Opry” radio show since 1974. (I tried to find who originally took this first photo, but could not). And contrary to some comments I’ve seen online, this building has not been around since the 1800s. That is the Ryman Auditorium (1892), which has not been impacted by the flood waters.

And for a professional-quality look at scenes from around Nashville, watch the following video created by Michael Deppisch, of deppisch|foto.


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