By now, you've probably heard of the flooding effecting Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Over the past weekend, the area suffered from a 100 year flood of the Cumberland River. The flood has killed 21 people, and the damage is still being assessed with several businesses and schools closed. The damage done to the history of country music, however, looks like it may be minor.
When the waters rose, the river almost immediately overtook the Opryland Hotel. Torrential rains filled the hotel with 10 feet of water, forcing the evacuation of over 1,500 employees and hotel guests on Sunday night. The entire first floor is flooded in areas up to the ceiling. The hotel itself has over 2,900 rooms and 600,000 square feet of meeting space that is now closed indefinitely.
The flooding has also effected the music halls as well. The Wildhorse Saloon, Hard Rock Cafe, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center all have water in their basements, causing them to close up. Perhaps the biggest hit to country's history is the fact that the Grand Ole Opry has 3 feet of water. The Opry was about to celebrate its 85th anniversary. The damage to the Grand Ole Opry has greatly effected many country stars. Blake Shelton sent an email to the Associated Press saying "As a country singer, there is only one place you dream of playing in your lifetime, and that is the Grand Ole Opry House... The Opry House is hallowed ground. We all need to help to make sure it lasts. I am devastated to hear that it is affected by this disaster."
One of the most frightening moments to country music's history was when water came into the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum. The museum was closed Monday with five feet of water in a lower level. A mechanical room was flooded, as well as part of the Ford Theater. But we're told that all of the exhibits are safe.
The floods have also effected many of your favorite stars. Dierks Bentley had to cancel several concerts as his basement filled with water. Brad Paisley used Twitter to send a message to his fans: "On the positive side everyone is safe. On the negative... I think all my road guitar gear, amps, effects, are under 3 ft of river." Rescuers had to evacuate singer Julie Roberts and her family.
There are several ways you can help. You can make a donation to the Middle Tennessee Red Cross, or you can make a donation to the Red Cross through your cell phone by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 (a $10 donation will be billed to your account). Donations and help are also being accepted to Hands On Nashville.
posted by Webmaster on 5/4/2010 3:29:01 PM