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News 2 tours flood-damaged Opryland


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was one month ago Tuesday that record rain fell across the region, causing widespread historic flooding.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Grand Ole Opry House sustained significant damage.

Tuesday, was the first time the resort allowed news cameras inside.

Inside the Cascades Lobby at the Opryland Hotel, all the drywall was removed to about 12 or 13 feet from the floor, leaving only a skeleton of metal bars, like a prison.

Floors have been stripped to their concrete foundations although a musty smell still remains.

Workers were busy cleaning up and repairing the fountains inside the Cascades on Tuesday.

All the water has been drained from them.

The only water left in the signature Cascades pond is from the power washers used to clean the stone.

Horticulturists have been rinsing the plants everyday and believe they will be able to save a lot of the greenery.

The floor of the revolving dining area in the middle of the Cascades is also stripped, revealing the "tracks" underneath.

Crews are cleaning residue off the pillars and floors.

A layer of dirt still covers light fixtures and other items on the floor.

A waterline is still visible about eight feet high on the brick wall and on a hanging Cascades sign.

Inside the Grand Ole Opry House, the water was 46 inches deep at the height of the flood.

All the pews have now been removed and will be replaced.

Much of the flooring in front of the stage has also been removed.

Only wooden boards remain, revealing a lower floor, or basement area, which still has some standing water.

It will likely be months before the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and Grand Ole Opry House reopen.

Company officials have said they hope to have both reopen in time for the winter holiday season.

Cleanup and restoration is expected to well-surpass the resort's $50 million insurance policy.

Gaylord Entertainment is expected to release more on their recovery efforts on Wednesday.

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