NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Opry Mills management allowed cameras inside the mall for the first time Thursday afternoon.
Inside, most of the mall looks like it is under construction. More than 500 workers gutted the place.
The walls are striped down to the metal framing below five feet. Above five feet the mall looks intact and completed.
Marketing Director Lynn Kittel, who has worked at the mall for nine years, said, "Remediation crews have been in, and they have removed all the porous materials, things like drywall, carpeting, wood flooring, any kind of porous tile, all of that has to go. The stores are then cleaned and disinfected, and then they are ready to be rebuilt."
Demolition crews are still working inside some of the stores, and where the demo has been completed, signs are posted with completion dates.
The mall's electrical systems were damaged during the flood so all of the lighting and equipment is running on generator power.
While the pictures of the flooding looked like it was a total loss, some things were saved.
"There's merchandise in the stores that was salvaged," Kittel said, "so that went out first, things that weren't damaged by the flood waters, but all the dry wall and wood flooring and carpeting, it's been a massive, massive effort."
The entire 1.2 million square feet of space inside of Opry Mills mall was devastated by the flood waters.
At the height of the flooding, water levels reached about 10 feet in parts of the mall.
Kittel said, "It is even more devastating once you realize when you have been through this type of procedure is that this is not just a building, not just bricks and mortar it is the people inside of it. We've had a lot of people without jobs now, and we are just looking forward to getting this place back on line as quickly as possible so we can welcome everybody back, employees and shoppers."