Monday, May 3, 2010

Govenor Declares a State of Emergency

The Governor has a declared a state of emergency for Tennessee.
Floodwater continued to rise in downtown Nashville, shutting down most of lower Broadway including First and Second avenues.
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center and numerous buildings downtown near the Cumberland River had lower-level flooding.

More than 7 inches of rain fell on Saturday and 13.53 inches had fallen by 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, a new two-day record.
Just two days into the month, this is already the wettest May in Nashville's recorded history and fifth wettest month in city history. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen called it an "unprecedented rain event."

The guests at Opryland Hotel Sunday were moved to McGavock High School and other hotels. Gaylord Entertainment, the owners of the hotel, confirmed that there was 6 feet of standing water inside the hotel.
All rivers are at least 4 to 10 feet about flood stages.

Officials in Tennessee were preparing for more deaths and for the Cumberland River, which winds through the Music City, to crest more than 11 feet Monday afternoon, putting portions of downtown in danger of the kind of damage experienced by thousands of residents whose homes were swamped by flash floods.

Many residents are in the process of cleaning up, flood water and mud covering everything it came in contact with.
Other residents sadly no longer have homes to return to, since neighborhoods are still under fifteen and twenty feet of flood water.
Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

The Corp of Engineers are planning to release flood gates on nearby dams, at midnight tonight, in an effort to lower the water levels.


DJan said...

I have been watching this horrible event on the Weather Channel, and in between watching the oil spill coverage. I am saddened by all the catastrophes in our part of the world. :-( My prayers are with you and the residents of Tennessee.

Together We Save said...

Praying for everyone... I grew up in Nashville and still have family there, have cousins with water in their homes now. It is such a mess.

Becca's Dirt said...

I hate that you all have had so much rain. The flooding looks horrible. Sounds like the river is cresting this afternoon. Ya'll stay safe. I have been thinking of you all in Tennessee.

Stella Jones said...

Dear, it just gets worse, doesn't it. We, in Knoxville, have been very lucky. I know it. I woke up to huge puddle this morning, outside the bedroom window. It has nowhere to go because we are on solid rock. It will take time for the water to clear.
Thinking of you again today.
Blessings, Star

Sunny said...

I have been following this terrible flooding on the weather channel.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.

Patsy said...

This is just so bad. There is great misery happening to our State's and the world.

Kay said...

Been hearing about all of your rain and flooding on our local news stations. Must really be scary. Stay high and dry.


Mary Lou said...

I'm hearing and seeing photos from my family close to Clarksville. It's such a nightmare.
Am praying for everyone.
I love the dam photo!!

Betsy Brock said...

Be safe!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so glad that you are safe Jo! And, just as you are doing, I'm praying for those who have lost everything that they may get the help they need and find their way.

Unknown said...

We're following this on the news and keeping your state in our prayers.

L. D. said...

I have been watching the news carefully as your are my only Tennessee blog friend. Stay safe.

jerilanders said...

We got nothing like this in East Tennessee, really dreadful for all of you there near Nashville. I was looking at the photos this morning... geez, we were just there last weekend. So sorry for you all.

donna baker said...

Hope that first pic wasn't the creek on your property.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Thanks for the updates Jo. This is just so sad for Nashville and all of your area. It will take a long time for things to get back to 'normal'.... What a shame..

Crossville got lucky this time.. They only had a total of 4.5 inches--so no problems.

We're having a great time at the beach. Wish you were here.

Kipling said...

Stay safe! thinking of you and the sarge, hope things get better soon.

Barbara Anne said...

Prayers for all affected by this awful storm.


MadSnapper said...

we are watching your state on TV, my son lives in Copperhill TN, not as close to the flooding as you are. Florid Governor declared us a state of Emergency today also, the oil is about to flood our coastla beaches and will be billions of dollars of damage and jobs lost. I think of he employement impact the flooding is causing in your state. there are so many places in our country and others that are in need of prayers storming heaven

Kim said...

I can't even imagine this. I just did a post about how much fun my son and I had when he lived in Nashville..sort of felt like I must have sensed something to pay tribute to this great city.
Love your blog I visit it often!