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Flash Floods Devastate Historic Nashville, Opry Theater.

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So tragic.

Record-breaking flash floods have hit areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, claiming the lives at least 29 people and severely damaging many properties.

Above is a before and after comparison a Perezcious reader has taken of the inside of the iconic Grand Ole Opry in historic Nashville.

Awful awful.

Our thoughts are with all the people affected by this horrific flooding. Stay strong!

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34 comments to “Flash Floods Devastate Historic Nashville, Opry Theater.”

  1. 1

    Horribly horribly sad! Nashville is an incredible city with so much musical history and character… it's a shame that there is not enough being told about this travesty.

  2. 2

    I don't think this is the Ryman Theatre in downtown Nashville. This is the newer one that is next to the Opryland Hotel. All of the scheduled performances will go back to the original home of the Grand Ole Opry until this is cleaned up.

  3. 3

    Please help spred the word that Tennesseans need volunteer help and prayers right now. All of Mid TN has been devastated by the flooding. Sadly, the media is just now running a few stories. It is not enough. Most of the residents whose homes have been demolished by the flood were denied flood insurance by thier insurors. These people have nothing left. Hundreds and hundreds of homes and business are lost, and many are dead missing and presumed dead. It is a very sad time for us. Why it is not the top story is beyond me. It is the largest nautral didaster I have seen here in my lifetime.

  4. 4

    Yeah i'm from around Nashville and basically West and Middle Tennessee is under water. Everything is flooded. Roads have deteriorated and broken apart. There was even a portable classroom floating down the Interstate and hit a semi truck and broke apart. There is like 150 cars now under water on the interstate. It looks horrible here right now

  5. 5

    This honestly makes me tear up…. Very very sad.

  6. 6

    Perez, thank you so much for bringing awareness to this tragic situation. I live in Nashville and there has been so much damage and lives lost and the news is not talking much about it. I can't imagine how much damage has been caused and how much money it will take to rebuild our city. There are people whose homes are completely distroyed and this came and went so quickly. The floods came in little than 24 hours of rain and it was really unexpected. We aren't called the Volunteer State for nothing, our state is really working together and trying to do what we can because we are not getting a lot of attention and the news is not giving out a lot of information about how bad it really is here. I cannot thank you enough for bringing attention to this!

  7. 7

    Please excuse my previous typos…hard to see the screen through the tears.

  8. 8

    This is the newer location - but that doesn't make it any less horrific - and it doesn't mean they can just move things to the Ryman. Both places have bookings and bring in tourism revenue. It's not like one stays empty while the other has shows.

    It is a disgrace that there has been so little coverage of the flood, I was very lucky and I had no water damage and never lost power. Although the water in my yard was up to my knees. LOTS and LOTS of other people were not so lucky - they lost EVERYTHING and/or have been living in shelters for days. Some ppl can't even make it back to their house yet to see what the damage is…..not to mention their were others who lost their lives.

  9. 9

    Yeah, I can clearly see this flood has the fingerprints of George W. Bush. First Katrina, now these floods.
    He clearly hates Americans. Why George? Why?

  10. 10

    Wow Perez…thanks for posting! I use to live in Nashville and I'm so sad to see what has happened. It is truely horrible and I can't believe more people aren't talking about it.


    It's a great city with great people so they will come together despite the national apathy towards the situation.

  11. 11

    thank you so much for posting something. It has been awful here. And the national media has NOT been covering it. Please, please, please text "REDCROSS" to 90999. $10 donation will go to relief efforts. Thank, you..and keep us in your thoughts..and contact the major networks and request coverage of this devistation

  12. 12

    Perez It means soooo much to us here in Nashville for you to post this. We are truly heart broken. It seems the only help we have received is from each other. President Obama made his speech yesterday and not one time mentioned our condition or any concern for our people. I was one of the luck ones. My home was not damaged, but I work right near The Grand Ole Opry and it is an absolutely devestating sight. So many people int the neighborhoods near here are searching for shelter, food, any type of help they can get. Even though it didn't affect me personally I am soooo heartbroken for the people in my state. We need help and attention that we are not receiving. Thank you Obabma for nothing.

  13. 13

    We're all devastated here in TN. Everyone here has been affected in some way. Countless bridges and roads have been damaged. The cops rescued one 70 yr old woman who was standing on top of her bed with water up to her chin.

  14. 14

    As a nativeTennessean this breaks my heart. I will be coming to check on relatives in that area. Yes, please help them. Thanks for posting. Good bless the people of Tenn. I am sure everyone will step up like in all disasters like this. I feel for the people who lost everything.

  15. 15

    Breaks my heart seeing all the pictures and hearing the stories. We need to get the word out that this town needs help. You can text "red cross" to 90999 to donate $10 to the flood efforts here in Nashville and Mid TN and the state of TN.

  16. 16

    THANK YOU!!!! We have been living this nightmare for the past 4 days. National media is just now talking about it. the president has NOT approved emergency money to all the areas affected, and so we need the nation to know the severity of what's going on so they can donate to the Red Cross if they are able to. My own family didnt realize what was happening, because they hadn't seen it on the news. And now that they are starting to, they still dont realize this didnt just affect a few streets of downtown Nashville- this has affected all neighboring towns within a 75 -100 mile radius!

  17. 17

    It has been insane here! The end of my street is still flooded. Many of the homes around me have water damage. My entire town was underneath water. We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

  18. 18

    Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU….we have been suffering for 3 days with very little mention from the National Media until the last 12 hours. So many lives have been lost and more missing.

    You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to our Disaster Relief Fund for people affected by disasters like the recent floods and tornadoes!!!!!

  19. 19

    Thank you Perez! I don't understand why the media has not covered this tragic flood. We are literally under water here in Nashville and it seems we have been forgotten. This flood has affected everyone in middle tn. Lost lives, lost homes, and lost jobs. We really need help here! Please spread the word and hopefully we can get the help we so desperately need!!!

  20. 20

    Are those 2 round pink things floating in the flood water Dolly Pardon inplants?

  21. 21

    This is soo awful
    espically for country music fans.

  22. 22

    I too Live in Nashville and it amazes me that days after this national disaster and being teased about being "whimps because of a little rain" that the rest of the Nation is FINALLY realizing what's happening here. TThe Cumberland River rose above the 50 foot flood water mark!!! Think of the business' in the Opry Mills Mall and how many people are no longer employed there!! The amount of people that have lost everything and that were denied "flood" insurance because they weren't in a "flood zone" is unfathemable!! Down Town Nashville is flooded up to 4th and around 8th Avenues!!! Thank You Perez for bringing some light to our needs here! This truly is a VOLUNTEER state as it seems we only have each other to get through this tragedy!!!! For those NOT believing it's "that bad", check out www.1075theriver.com and click on the "Flood of 2010" photo link……you'll get a better understanding of what's going on……..

  23. 23

    So sad. When I think of watching on TV or listening on radio and all the wonderful music and entertainment that was performed at his location … and to see all that water there now … words just can't describe my feelings. I know you're down now Nashville and Tennessee … but also know that you're going to bounce back from this stronger than ever. We've donated to the Red Cross and encourage everyone to do the same. These folks need our help - their lives have been destroyed. Thank you for posting this Perez.

  24. 24

    www.hon.org if you want to volunteer or donate $$

  25. 25

    Thanks so much for helping to get the word out. Damage is everywhere. I've lived right outside of Nashville my whole life and the pictures really don't describe what it looks like around here right now. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel resembles something like the inside of the titanic with flood waters reaching the tops of doorways and multiple schools are filled with water. Even the Titan's stadium has water up to the 4th row of seats. We are the volunteer state for a reason and with so little attention nationally from the media we are banding together like never before. We are strong, we are determined to rebuild and to raise our cities up like never before, and most importantly WE ARE NASHVILLE.

  26. 26

    Oh shhitttt…. that ain't good. They'll take care of it though. It's a national treasure and it will be restored soon enough.

  27. 27

    So so sad. My heart goes out to everyone down where all the flooding is.

  28. 28

    This looks like the Ryman to me. Terribly sad to see it like this. I have wonderful memories from there.

  29. 29

    That's what they get for banning Hank Williams!!

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  31. 31

    maybe if they weren't so fucking god crazy and intolerant, this would not have happened, drown rednecks!!

  32. 32

    country sucks, its a sign.

  33. 33

    Thanks for sharing this. I'm so sad because over 40 counties have been declared disaster areas, people DIED & our is President being heartless. He didn't even come here! That's the Opry, they only saved the "circle." Ryman is o.k. 3 mos. rain in 2 days. Most no flood ins., places I shop, eat, gone. My home is ok on a high hill. Famous muscians lost most their instruments in storage. Downtown hit hard too. Mostly so many homes. From helicopter's you couldn't possibly count how many homes in many neighborhoods, national media bascially ignored us too. Maybe Obama shunned us because he didn't carry this state. What kind of person is he? I don't know what to think of a president behaving this way. They at least say for a few days," My thoughts & prayers are with you." I've lost all respect for he & the 1st lady after this disaster.We are the "Volunteer" state & so many helping each other. I guess the president would have cared if we were evil & looting & killing. I'm proud of my state & hometown.

  34. 34

    djnv2009- u hate people & hope they die because they might believe in God. I don't hate or dislike people who don't believe in God. I hope you stay up in Canada, but I don't believe everyone in Canada is anything like you.