Wednesday marks the third anniversary of the devastating flood of 2010 which claimed the lives of 10 people in Nashville. More than 13 inches of rain fell in the Metro area in a 48 hour time period, damaging thousands of homes, between May 1 and May 2.The heavy rains caused Mill Creek located near Bell Road to swell forcing waters to cascade onto nearby Interstate 24 sweeping cars along the roadway.
Motorists faced a life
threatening situation when all three lanes of the interstate were covered, cars
bobbing, some turning upside down.
A portable classroom from Lighthouse Christian School floated down the road.
Mill Creek's waters were gone by the next day,
but many Antioch
neighborhoods were devastated.
Richland Creek came out of its banks in west Nashville,
flooding houses and shopping centers, forcing employees on the roofs of their
By the time the rain
tapered off on May 2, a record 13.57" of rain had fallen over the
two day period, but the trouble for the Cumberland River was just beginning.
The water was just too much for Old Hickory Dam,
and the Corps of Engineers was forced to open all of the flood gates, sending a
torrent of water downstream to Pennington Bend.
Iconic structures such as the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel sustained substantial damage, forcing millions of dollars in renovations.
The popular Opry Mills Mall was also heavily damaged as waters poured into the facility, forcing the mall to remain closed until early 2012.
The federal government declared dozens of counties throughout the Volunteer State as disaster areas.
Middle Tennesseans came together, neighbor
helping neighbor, showing the true volunteer spirit.