Nashville Flood–Sunday Through Tuesday–One Perspective

It is humbling to sit at home watching it rain for 2 solid days, thinking that the streets that look like the Ocoee on the TV are at least a mile or two away, and then walk a couple of sunny blocks from your house a day later and see signs you were wrong.

The following news is based on some items I compiled in an email for some out-of-town family and friends. I hope my out of town followers find it interesting.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of all of the entire situation.  It is just one perspective.

Those of served by Nashville water have been asked to conserve water because they have closed a treatment facility until further notice due to the fact that they cannot operate it under the flooding conditions. (I really need a shower after 2 days without one and I have to go out in public today, so I will have to get a quick one.)

Sunday I had been surfing a few of the TV stations to get a sense of what is actually happening. Here are some things of interest from that evening–with some updates along the way:

  • Sunday evening they evacuated Opryland Hotel as a “precautionary measure;” I thought they said they had 1500 guests at the moment. I also thought the spokesperson said most of the other hotels in Nashville were full. Water is in the parking lot and possibly in the Opry Mills mall (former Opryland) (The TV reported many of them McGavock High School) They said they were evacuating because of a power outage. I later heard that they have some concerns about a nearby levee. They ended up with 6-10 ft of water in the hotel. They had to do water rescues at the nearby Wyndham Resort. Briley Parkway near the hotel was flooded over as well as the subdivisions in the area.
  • At dark on Sunday, the interstate(I-40) is covered by the Harpeth river (impassable) in at least two places. I watched video of them bringing a police helicopter in to rescue a pregnant woman stranded between these two points on Channel 5. The Channel 4 Website has a video of some of this stuff labeled “Flooding in Belleuve” (there spelling mistake). (This is not apparent on the TDOT smartway maps—they are listing everything as flooded—which is not technically accurate.) (I think this water has now gone down.)
  • Sunday evening they were evacuating a subdivision near this area in Bellevue by boat; They expected to be doing this all night, but they stopped a couple of hours later presumably all people who wanted out have been evacuated. We have a church member who has an elderly family member in that part of the county that they cannot locate or contact.
  • (My mother-in-law actually lives a block or two from an area just upstream in an area called river plantation. Her home is OK, but just a couple of blocks away, water was up to the tops of carports and one of her two exit points by road was flooded.)
  • Kingston Springs was/is cut off on at least two sides (West of Nashville on the Harpeth River.)
  • There are no businesses open in the tourist district below 4th next to the river Sunday night–in the confusion of things; I am not sure if this turned out to be accurate. Some first ground floors ended up flooding and many downtown basements flooded from water coming in from underground.
  • The city has had to close parts of downtown to pedestrians at various times. (On Sunday evening the Corp of Engineers was insisting that they would be able to control the river stage and keep it from actually flooding.)
  • Sunday night they reported that they were evacuating a low lying business district called Metro Center—where I levee was leaking. Monday morning a radio station in the area (WPLN) was off the air, but another business I know about–the owner was there. Monday night they were trying to figure out what to do with the food stored at the Second Harvest Food Bank in this area.
  • A major quarry west of town near the Cumberland river has filled with flood waters from the Cumberland. (It was impressive to see on the TV—though it may not sound like it.)
  • Many people have been told they could not/should not buy flood insurance because they are not in the 100 year flood plain—yet they are flooding.
  • Franklin (or Williamson County) has a mandatory curfew from 6:00 pm Sunday until sometime Monday.
  • The river going through Centerville (The Buffalo or the Duck) is cresting at least 5-10 ft higher than the previous record, set in the early part of the 1900’s.
  • The commuter train depot (with the train present) is flooded. The adjoining lot holding MTA buses is also flooded.
  • On Sunday the Red Cross spokes person was saying that they would not turn anyone away. Moments later the TV station was saying that at one of the shelters, there is absolutely no room for any more cars in the parking lot (and essentially saying they are turning folks away.)
  • The garage under the Publix where Allison works has flooded, which shut off their electrical supply Sunday and another time or two. They have been operating on backup generator and evidently the freezers/refrigerators have not been working when they do that. They have lost a lot of food that they cannot sell. She has heard that they were taking a lot of extra food out of the Krogers just down the street. Saturday when the flooding began, they had to give customers a chance to get their cars out of the garage.–Yesterday they found an elderly man and woman–one behind the Publix and one behind the Krogers just up the street from the flooding that happened on Richland Creek. At one point it appears that Publix was the only Grocery in the immediate vicinity that was open. People were buying a lot of snack food and beer on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Natchez Trace Parkway is/was closed for part of the distance.
  • One farm had to evacuate 100 horses (Between Nashville and Franklin)
  • Saturday they had a house or a trailer float into I-24 in Antioch. In one of the videos, for a short while you could see cars literally bobbing in the interstate. There were possibly over 100 cars stranded. They had these removed by 6:00 pm Sunday.
  • They have set new records for height of the pool for Old Hickory Lake (Just above downtown and Opry Hotel.)
  • The GooGoo Dolls concert at the Ryman has been postponed at least one night.
  • They reported 600 water rescues so far by Sunday Evening; I thought I heard 1,000 yesterday.
  • Vanderbilt Childeren’s Hospital has been have trouble with flooding in its basement—which has caused then to cancel all elective surgeries. (I think they had to move some of their patients.)– (As of Sunday evening)
  • They did a bunch impressive rescues on Richland Creek much earlier Sunday near Charlotte, fairly near our house.
  • Some roads with damaged bridges could be closed for weeks (Including some important commuter routes).
  • Our church canceled services Sunday morning (It is near an area called Richland Creek that had dramatic flooding early this morning.)
  • The mayor has been asking people to not travel any more than they have to since Saturday–they would still prefer us to stay at home–but we want to get back to normal. The state offices are officially closed today. (They were open Monday).
  • In Mount Pleasant (Southwest of Columbia) , a water main had broken that they cannot find. They are asking people to boil water. They now have a similar situation in Erin (Houston County between Waverly and Clarksville/Dover)
  • I have seen several pictures of twisted rail roads. In Franklin a rail road bridge is supposedly damaged.
  • All of this and the news crews have hardly gotten out of Davidson County.
  • As another interesting logistic note—The city of Nashville provides everyone a huge trash can and a huge recycling bin so that they use special trucks with automatic arms to dump trash. Many of these have floated away. It took several months to unroll the project when they first did—many of these will need to be replaced.
  • They just had a interesting report on Channel 4. George McIntyre was a head coach at Vanderbilt for at least 8 years. He lives in a part of River Plantation (in Bellevue) that was flooding. He has MS. His son lives in Green Hills, which is normally a 15-20 minute drive. His son took 2 hours to drive to his Dad’s home from Green Hills. Once he got to River Plantation he had to swim to get to his parents house. Since his Dad could not walk he no idea how to get him out. He said a prayer and a photographer for The Tennessean came by. They then floated Coach George McIntyre out on an air mattress. (This is evidently what he sleeps on.)
  • The bridge that connects downtown Centerville (Hickman County) to the rest of the world went under water Sunday Evening; so I am told the town is cut-off.
  • They tell us that the Cumberland River has now crested in Nashville. However, they sandbagged the remaining water treatment plant last night. We are still at half capacity. We won’t be back to full capacity until the additional treatment plant in Donelson is out of the flood and they can assess it. Since this flooded before the old Opryland complex flooded and since both are near Donelson–I imagine it will be a few days.

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2 Responses to “Nashville Flood–Sunday Through Tuesday–One Perspective”

  1. michelle Says:

    Shalom from Michelle Gold.

    Thank you for taking the time to list this information. It was very sobering and I was deeply moved that you took the time to spell it all out. Going to google the entire story about George McIntyre. Sounds like an amazing recovery.

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