I was excited. I love rain and was expecting a great downpour in Nashville this past weekend. If I remember correctly my weather app predicted we we were going to get 1″ on Saturday and then a heavy 3″ on Sunday. We didn’t blink about cancelling our JECA grill-out; it just became a grill-in.
We weren’t expecting 13″ in two days. We weren’t expecting to break a May record for rain in the first two days of the month. We weren’t expecting the 5th wetest month ever (will be 1st in rank by the end of the month) in two days.
We weren’t expecting all of Nashville’s best landmarks to be submerged. The symphony, LP Field, Bridgestone Arena, Opryland Hotel, Opry Mills, the Hall of Fame, hundreds of businesses, thousands of homes are all muddy and polluted. We weren’t expecting billions of dollars (I think that’s what the Governor said) of damage. We weren’t expecting what the Army Corps of Engineers has called a 1,000-year-flood.
One of my teachers was stranded by deep water in her subdivision for two full days (their house is safe), and I think I know 3 or 4 people whose homes were flooded through the 1st floor and a few others whose homes had minimal damage.
It’s surreal. I’m safe and dry and I didn’t need to go anywhere or do anything. 10 miles north, south, east and west of me, there are huge issues. I didn’t need to fear getting my kids through the waters. I didn’t need to find a higher spot. My job was/is to watch and pray and help.
Here are a few links and slideshows that tell the story.
This is video from inside the Opryland Hotel. Most of it was taken from the skywalks through the atriums, where we have walked with some of you when we show you our city: Opryland Filling with Water
This is one of the first scenes we saw of the devastation on Saturday. I-24 south of Nashville flooded and a portable classroom floating and then disintegrating on the highway: A Building Floats By
CNN summary as of this morning: At Least 27 Dead
A slideshow from the air by the Tennessean: Aerial Scenes (I have to switch to Internet Explorer to view these).
Broad coverage from the Tennessean.