Monday, May 3, 2010

Nashville underwater

It’s a surreal scene here in Nashville.  Rain came and came and came and came.  I was out of town for most of it, but followed the coverage on my iPhone using The Weather Channel app, Twitter, and my Facebook friends.  When I returned Sunday evening it was still raining.  Luckily, my apartment is on some of the highest elevated part of town, so we’re dry as a bone up here.  I just drove The Boy into work (he works at the best news station in town) because he thought the parking lots behind his station would be flooded.  Good reasoning, considering the NEWSROOM AT HIS STATION IS FLOODED!  I’ve walked those halls before.

The park next to his work, Bicentennial Mall Park, where we’ve ridden bikes, walked, and even once had a fun little picnic on his dinner break one day, is flooded

(photo credit: Mike Byrd, for more of his photos of the flood, click here)

And Nashville’s famed downtown?  Yeah, it’s under water as well.  I work downtown.  My office is nestled in here.

(photo credit: twitter user @rwitherell, on twitpic)

While I’m high & dry, many MANY others are not as fortunate.  Lots of people are without power, lots of people’s houses are filled with water, and were evacuated in boats.  Cars left stranded.  A building floated down the interstate, then capsized.  A BUILDING!  It was like a boat, on the interstate.

The famous Opryland Hotel?  Yeah, that’s wet too.  Click here for shocking video.  I have two great memories of this place.  One, is this is where I competed in the Slow Cooker Competition, and second, The Boy and I helped a friend surprise his girlfriend with a proposal.  So sad to see it underwater.

And the amazing Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where my friend’s tiny triplets spent some time after their birth, experienced issues with water coming in the basement, and the ground level reception.

Please keep Nashville in your thoughts & prayers right now.  Here’s a look at some of my other Nashville area blogger friends posts: Kira at Food alla Puttanesca, Lindsay and Taylor of Love and Olive Oil, Kelly at Sallaboutme, Erin of One Particular Kitchen.

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11 Responses to “Nashville underwater”

  1. 1

    Erin, I’m so sorry to hear about all the flooding going on in Nashville. So glad to hear that you guys are safe and so far your house seems to be as well. I’ll be thinking about you, hoping the rain stops soon and everything turns out okay.

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    Gricel — May 3, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    Leaves me speechless. Best of luck to you and your neighbor bloggers!

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    themilkmanswife — May 3, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    So sad. As you know, I’ve only visited Nashville once but I fell in love with it and this just breaks my heart. I’ll be thinking of all of you there.

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    Jessica — May 3, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    Totally sucks! 🙁

    But I am glad to hear you are all doing ok!

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    Sarah — May 4, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    Erin, Glad to hear you guys are safe and dry!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 4, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    I am so glad you’re OK – I saw this post in my reader the other day and have been thinking of you!

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    Jacklyn — May 4, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    You are absolutely right! It is surreal. I was out of town too for the weekend and when I got back, I couldn’t believe what I saw. Wow. Glad you guys are safe.

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    Courtney — May 6, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    So sad about NC5 and Nashville. Our home suffered 15k – 20k damage with a flooded basement (finished) and a lot of our memories and belongings. I still feel lucky. Anyway, my point in writing you today is that your blog makes me smile. So, thanks. It’s been a long, hard week for us and for so many that have lost everything. I hear that you volunteered to help out yesterday – that makes my heart smile and it makes me wish I’d gotten to know you better while working at the TV station together. Your recipes and posts are so warm, thanks for being the bright spot in my day!

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    ingrid — May 6, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    Really sorry Erin but I’m glad to hear that you guys are faring okay!

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