Gaylord continues to take measures to prevent future flooding - WKRN News 2

Gaylord continues to take measures to prevent future flooding

Colin Reed Colin Reed
The hotel was destroyed in the historic flood of 2010. The hotel was destroyed in the historic flood of 2010.

More than a year and a half following the historic May flood of 2010, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is still taking measures to prevent future flooding disasters.

CEO Colin Reed made the decision to evacuate hotel guests on the day of the flood.

He previously told Nashville's News 2 the decision was one of the easiest he has ever made.

"We weren't prepared to put our customers at risk," Reed said, adding, "For the first two or three hours that we moved [guests] we had a few customers who were very unhappy, but then when it was known this place flooded the way it did, they got happy again, very happy, and they realized then that fortunately we made the right call."

During the flood, the hotel took in several feet of water, causing millions of dollars in damage.

The hotel reopened last November after undergoing $200 million dollars in renovations and repairs. 

"This is an iconic hotel. It is one of a kind in the United States, so we had a moral responsibility to our share holders and the community to bring this hotel back to a state," Reed continued.  "This is so much better than it was before we had that devastating flood."

The repairs to the hotel included several new restaurants and bars, as well as updated guest rooms and suites.

"We're probably going to have the best year that this hotel has ever had in its history this year in the middle of this depressed economy," Reed said.

To prevent future flooding, Reed said the hotel has raised the height of the levee that surrounds the complex in an attempt to not rely solely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"We have now protected ourselves at least another two and a half to three feet above that," he explained, adding, "I suppose the acid test will be the next time we have a flood, God forbid that we ever have another flood."

The new raised levee is near completion.

Just last week, the hotel kicked off the annual "A Country Christmas" event.

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