I think this graph from the USGS says it all:

That’s the water level of the Cumberland River since May 1st. Notice in the stats at the bottom, the max was 27.25. The river peaked at 51.86 feet late yesterday, practically double the max for the past 7 years. The water came within .64 feet of taking out Nashville’s second and only remaining water treatment facility, according to this article. From what I’ve heard, the entire region is about to be declared a federal disaster area, which is a good thing for the people there.

In addition to the terrible losses so many individuals have suffered, many of Nashville’s most beloved landmarks are also in bad shape. The Grand Ole Opry was flooded, the extent of the damage there isn’t really known yet. Here’s a video taken inside the Opryland Hotel, which is just hard to believe:

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center had its performance hall spared, but the basement where they kept all of their instruments, including many grand pianos and their organ, was flooded. The Country Music Hall Of Fame, also flooded. It’s a sad time to for my favorite city, but stories of neighbors helping neighbors have been truly inspiring! Nashville, I’m coming your way in two weeks, and I’m excited to see all of you and help in any way I can.

If you would like to help, there are many ways to do so. You can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Nashville Flood Recovery. If you’d like to check out some other options for donating your money or time, Nashvillest has a great post where they are keeping a list of ways to help. Feel free to share these links and information wherever you’d like, the more exposure the better!

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