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Opry Mills to remain closed

Flood waters reached 10 feet inside the mall. Flood waters reached 10 feet inside the mall.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The doors to the Opry Mills mall have been shut now for more than a week because of the extensive damage the mall suffered after the floods.

Storms dropped more than 13 inches of rain in Nashville, and the Cumberland River, which winds through the city, spilled over its banks.

Briley Parkway opened after the flood waters receded last week, but the mall and its surrounding service roads will remain closed.

At the height of the flooding, water levels topped 10 feet at the mall.

Aerials shots last week showed the mall completely surrounded by dirty water, making it look like its own island.

Tuesday, News 2 was allowed to get a closer look at the damage left behind outside the mall, but was not allowed inside.

Crews were starting to clean up the parking lot, which was covered in mud.

Lynn Kittle, with Opry Mills said, "There's tremendous progress being made. The parking lot is full of trucks, many workers, and we're very excited about restoring this property to normal and getting open again."

Many people are asking when the mall may reopen.

"We don't have a timeframe just yet, but when we do, we're going to have a great party, I can tell you that, a great grand reopening," Kittle said.

Mall officials say a lot of work must be done before shoppers can get back in.

The beautiful wooden floors that shoppers may remember are completely ruined and must be replaced.

The devastating floods also severely damaged the Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry House, two landmark facilities.

Gaylord Entertainment said the damage estimate for those buildings is at least $50 million and repairs could take half a year to complete.

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