I love Nashville. I spent the summer there just about two years ago, and I really miss it.
I loved the opportunities for hearing lots of music (love, love music), enjoyed the slower pace, and I really just felt comfortable wherever I went…like I fit.
Sadly, as you may know, Nashville has received unheard of amounts of rain in very little time and has experienced a vast amount of flooding. I dare say this reminds me of Katrina. Just as New Orleans, Nashville relies on history, entertainment, tourism, institutions of education and other major employers. All of those employers rely on what keeps people in the city. The city’s centers of attraction have been flooded, in some places as much as 10 feet of water (or more). A lot of people have died, more might be found, and many others will have their lives totally disrupted for a long time.
Below are some pictures I took during my stay in Nashville. Placed with them, are photos from the flooding for reference. This is just awful. When I was there the possibility of a dam in Kentucky breeching was discussed. The media talked for a few weeks about how much water would come down the Cumberland and how it would flood the downtown and surrounding areas. Last week, before the storms, I was thinking about that. I don’t know why, but I was. (Click on the photos for a larger view.)
It is important to note that many surrounding communities and counties experienced a lot of damage, too. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.