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  Flood-waters continue to ravage Nashville


Due to historic flooding over the weekend, one of Nashville's most popular tourist attractions Opryland is shutting its door for the next severl months due to sever property damage caused by the flood-waters. Gaylord Entertainment Co., which is situated across from the Cumberland River was flooded Monday morning after the FEMA-approved levees were breached.


In an official release on the company's website, Gaylord Opryland stated, "Due to the City of Nashville's declared "State of Emergency" because of the historic flooding in the area, Gaylord Opryland is not taking any overnight reservations for the next few weeks. As soon as more information is available from authorities, we will post an update as to when we will be accepting hotel reservations. Thank you very much for your understanding of this unfortunate situation resulting from this natural disaster."


With flood waters rising Sunday night, Gaylord fully evacuated the 1,500 guest staying at the hotel and moved them to temporary shelter at McGavock High School. The closure will no doubt have a great impact on Nashville tourism, as Opryland is a huge attraction for country music lovers, travelers making their way to the state's capital and various conventions, including a 5,000 guest government convention which was scheduled to start today. Gaylord said it is currently working on a plan to assist the upcoming conventions that were booked over the next several months.


The Nashville floods have devastated the state and the damage continues to grow by the hour. As of 1pm Monday, the death tool was at 15 and is expected to rise once crews complete their search, rescue and recover efforts. Nashville Governor Phil Bredesen asked residents to stay off the roads as many highways have been shut down due to extreme flooding. Many homes and automobiles have been uplifted due to the strong flood-waters.


Have your plans been affected by the Nashville floods? Share your thoughts and comments with us.


Source: Associated Press


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