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Wednesday marks 3 year anniversary of 2010 flood

Posted: Updated: May 1, 2013 8:44 PM
Boone Trace subdivision Boone Trace subdivision
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

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 businesses.

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.

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  • March 27, 2012: Local businesses anticipate reopening of Opry Mills Mall
  • March 27, 2012: Chuy's opens at Opry Mills Mall
  • March 20, 2012: Josh Turner to headline Opry Mills grand reopening celebration
  • Feb. 16, 2012: Opry Mills announces additional stores opening next month
  • Feb. 6, 2012: Opry Mills to host job fair Tuesday
  • Jan. 27, 2012: 60-plus stores to return, open at Opry Mills
  • Jan. 16, 2012: Chuy's to open at Opry Mills Mall
  • Jan. 8, 2012: Opry Mills stores hiring for reopening
  • Nov. 28, 2011: Dave & Busters reopens at flooded mall
  • Nov. 18, 2011: Opry Mills moviegoers raise $56K-plus for charity
  • Nov. 14, 2011: Regal Cinemas reopens at flooded Opry Mills Mall
  • Nov. 10, 2011: 3 stores, movie theater to reopen at flooded Opry Mills
  • Oct. 24, 2011: Movie theater at Opry Mills to reopen in Nov.
  • April 12, 2011: Opry Mills Mall to reopen in spring 2012
  • April 11, 2010: Future of Opry Mills Mall to be announced Tuesday
  • Dec. 23, 2010: Off Broadway Shoes applies for rebuilding permit at Opry Mills
  • Nov. 15, 2010: Repairs on Opry Mills Mall shut down
  • Sept. 18, 2010: Bass Pro Shops reopens at Opry Mills
  • Sept. 15, 2010: Opry Mills lawsuit concerns city, shoppers, employees
  • Sept. 15, 2010: Bass Pro Shops ready to reopen doors this weekend
  • Sept. 14, 2010: Opry Mills sues to enforce insurance coverage
  • Sept. 6, 2011: Local furniture store still recovering from floods
  • July 19, 2010: Gaylord Opryland's Country Christmas will go on after flood
  • Aug. 16, 2010: No timeline set for Opry Mills reopening
  • May 20, 2010: Opry Mills Mall shows clean up progress
  • May 11, 2010: Opry Mills to remain closed
  • May 10, 2010: Mayor estimates damage at $1.56 billion
  • May 4, 2010: National Weather Service monitors Mid-State river flooding
  • May 3, 2010: Nashville braces for more flooding as Cumberland River swells
  • May 2, 2010: Waters continue to rise, Roads remain impassible
  • May 1, 2010: Interstates flood, Mayor urges residents to stay home
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