We are stuck in Nashville. We live in Shelbyville (1.5 hour from Nashville). I was visiting my daughter on Friday with plans to go home Saturday morning via Highway 24. At the last minute we decided to go to a community play at 2:00 and then go home. The flood water started.
We went back to my daughter’s house and watched the first photos of the flood—Highway 24 with cars submerged (see video above).
We would have been on that road. I can’t imagine being in a flash flood with two little boys in the back seat of my car.
A portable classroom from a nearby church school floated down the interstate. Debris floating in the Interstate ripped it apart.
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Thousands are stranded and the death count is now 21. Many are still waiting on roof tops; others are swimming through sewage to help save loved ones, and a baby was born in a canoe. The photos remind me of Katrina.
The Gaylord-Opryland Hotel is flooded, Opry Mills shopping complex is flooded, and the historical Grand Ol’ Opry is reportedly flooded too (Family Christian Academy—my daughter’s school—was to have their graduation there next month).
Floodwaters from many creeks and rivers have inundated literally thousands of homes and businesses. The most famous of these is the entire Opryland complex where I attended the Blissdom conference a few months ago.
Floodwaters from the Cumberland have poured into the downtown area and are affecting many businesses. It is the highest water level ever recorded. All schools are closed. Church services were canceled Sunday.
One of the city’s two water treatment plants was flooded by weekend rains. We are conserving water.
I wasn’t able to go home on Sunday or Monday because the streets are still impassable. Some streets are four to eight feet underwater, dams are about to break, and the rivers are up thirty to forty feet. Reports say the Cumberland River will crest somewhere around 51.7 feet, some 11.7 feet above flood stage.
Praise God, we are safe and dry in my daughter’s home. We watched a creek behind her house go from a two-foot wide drizzle to four feet, then ten, then it finally climbed about forty feet up the hill and into her basement. It subsided just as quickly and there was no damage.
Praise God, our animals and home in Shelbyville are safe too. My hubby is there taking care of them.
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