Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Nashville Flood 2010

The last 3 days have been crazy, weird, eye-opening and sobering. Torrential rain caused flooding all over middle TN. We normally get something like 12 inches of rain from May through July and we had over 13 inches of rain from Saturday to Sunday night.
On Saturday night I was driving back from Atlanta and heard on the radio that 24 was closed up ahead of me. I called some friends to find out what was going on, and realized I might have trouble getting home. Here is what the highway looked like just miles ahead of where I was:
via examiner.com

I got off the highway about a hour from home and found my way around the city. It took me about 2 and a half hours to get home. I was so glad to have made it! I was considering finding a place to stop overnight instead of trying to get home, but I'm really glad I didn't. It rained over 8 more inches overnight and I might have had a harder time getting home on Sunday. Many of the roads heading into my neighborhood were completely underwater on Sunday and still are. One of the water treatment plants in town has flooded and the other is in danger of running out of water. I stopped at the store last night to get some groceries and the shelves were pretty bare.
Hundreds of people have lots their homes, and many have had trouble getting out of their neighborhoods because of the flooding. It is sobering to see something so tragic happening so close to home. No one expected something like this to happen, and the loss of lives and homes is so sad.
This is at Edmondson Pike and McMurray- where I used to live. via Channel 4 new WSMV

via Channel 4 news WSMV

Downtown Nashville. via Tennessean

Belle Meade Kroger. via Tennessean

Belle Meade, Hwy 100. via Tennessean

Poor Cows! via Nashvillest.com

Ghost Ballet Sculpture downtown, knocked down. via Channel 4 news WSMV

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