You may or may not have heard about the disastrous flooding that occured over the weekend in the Middle Tennessee region, flooding parts of downtown Nashville, the Opryland Hotel, much of Bellevue, Kingston Springs (my little town), Pegram, and many other areas. Given other events in the national news, it is my understanding that much of the country knows little to nothing about what is happening here.
13-17 inches of rain fell in the region on May 1 and that volume of water had nowhere to go. Officials are calling this a 500-year flood. Most of the homes that were flooded are not insured for flooding, as they are not in a flood plain. Who would have ever thought the Opryland Hotel would have 6 feet of water standing in its beautiful conservatories? Who could imagine cars floating on I-24 or a school portable floating down the interstate like a houseboat? The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center took on water. Business on Lower Broadway are flooded, including the lower levels of the building I work in. So many have lost everything that it is absolutely heartbreaking. This video is a house across from my kids' middle school being swept away:
Flood across from middle school
However, there is also this uplifting story about a beautiful lady whose house was also on that street and was also lost:
Cheatham County Cleanup
Keep our area in your prayers. Not only are folks here dealing with property damage and a mess that will take months to clean up, some have lost loved ones.