us from Riverfront Park downtown with more on some new found video. We
all remember the video of the house floating down I24. The dramatic
rescue of a woman on a mattress, but during the hustle of bringing you
the news, some shots of the widespread flooding frankly got lost in the
shuffle. We bring you video never seen before.
The Nashville Public Library wants you to document your story. The Flood
2010 Oral History Project is currently being recorded. They are
collecting audio interviews from victims, volunteers and first
responders, pictures, videos and other items that are related to the May
flood. The historical collection will be made available through the
internet and will be housed and maintained by the public library. The
collection is set to be completed this summer.
A well known hotel wasn't spared from the massive May floods. The
Gaylord Opryland Hotel had to evacuate hundreds of guests as the nearby
Cumberland River swelled. After watching and waiting, the river breached
the levee in that part of Donelson, sending water into the popular
tourist destination. Nothing was safe. Hotel lobbies were turned into
ponds, and some first floor rooms were entirely underwater, but the
hotel eventually cleaned up, cleared out and came back better than ever.
The company used the reconstruction opportunity to make millions of
dollars in improvements to the hotel.
Opry Mills Mall was also hit hard by the historic flood. Parts of the shopping complex were under 10 feet of water or more.
BassPro Shop, one of the main anchor stores, opened in September. The
rest of the Opry Mills Mall is set to reopen by next spring.
One of the biggest signs that the flood recovery was on the up and up
was when a prized piece of the Grand Ole Opry came home. The famous
circle was replaced at the Opry House in Donelson in September. The wood
was under 46" of water when the levee was breeched. Grand Ole Opry
members Little Jimmy Dickens and Brad Paisley were on hand to celebrate
"It means that I'm standing where I dreamed about being someday," says Dickens. "It took many years to do that."
"All of these stage plans were warped as high as 2 or 3 feet, very
dramatic and as we shined our flashlight to the stage we saw that circle
of wood popped up," says Pete Fisher. "Almost as if it was saying 'Come
to get us'."
The circle was transferred to the current Opry stage from the Ryman Auditorium in 1974.
Country celebrities also pitched in to help raise money to rebuild Music City.
Who can forget this past December when Garth Brooks hosted a series of
concerts to raise money to help flood victims. The 9 concert series was
held at Bridgestone Arena. It was the first time in a decade that many
fans could see Garth perform live in an arena show.
Lots of those benefits sent money directly to Nashville's Community
Foundation. It's distributing the money to those who need it most. Now
you can go online and track just where that money is going and who is
still benefiting. For a link to their site, just click on FOX LINKS.
Saturday, April 30 2011, 02:06 AM CDT
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