Monday, May 3, 2010

Prayers for the Nashville Area

I wanted to let those of you who do not live in the Nashville areas about what is going on here. As you may have seen on the news, we had over 15 inches of rain in 2 days and have had massive flooding. Please keep the residents affected by the flooding in your thoughts and prayers. We are safe and sound - just had a lot of rain. There was some flooding in our neighborhood, but I think everyone is fine. I did get out and drive around a little yesterday and was amazed at the amount of water in our neighborhood (I took some pictures and will try to post those soon). I cannot fathom living in areas where the water is up to the traffic lights or where the water current has piled 6 cars on top of eachother. On I-24 in Antioch, a portable classroom floated down the interstate. Opryland Hotel currently has 6 feet of water in it. Wow. I just can't get over the devastation.

Here are just a few pictures that I found of the flooding (though they don't even begin to touch on the extreme conditions found in some areas)...

Downtown Nashville - the Cumberland River runs right through downtown. It is considered at flood stage at 40 feet - it is expected to crest at 51.5 feet today at noon. There are a lot of buildings along 1st and 2nd avenues that have significant water damage. In fact, I just saw that the Schermerhorn (symphony building) has 25-30 feet of water in their basement...

This is Pinkerton Park just outside of downtown Franklin. We were just there with friends on Thursday for Katie's birthday. Now it is under water thanks to the Harpeth River running right alongside the park.

Another shot of downtown Franklin - this is just north of downtown Franklin. That building on the left with the blue roof is a car dealership. Unbelievable.

Needless to say, Katie's birthday party weekend has been quite memorable. I will do a post detailing the fun we had, but thought I would mention it did involve a tornado warning and everyone piling into mine and Brad's closet, as well as the guest bathroom. Aside from the weather insanity, we did have a great time. Katie loved having friends and family over! We are also going to the pediatrician for her 12 month appointment this afternoon. Will do a 12 month post with her stats soon!!

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