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We Survived the Nashville Flood

We are stuck in Nashville. We live in Shelbyville (1.5 hour from Nashville). I was visiting my daughter on Friday with plans to go home Saturday morning via Highway 24. At the last minute we decided to go to a community play at 2:00 and then go home. The flood water started.

We went back to my daughter’s house and watched the first photos of the flood—Highway 24 with  cars submerged (see video above).

We would have been on that road.   I can’t imagine being in a flash flood with two little boys in the back seat of my car.

A portable classroom from a nearby church school floated down the interstate. Debris floating in the Interstate ripped it apart.

Pray for Nashville

Thousands are stranded and the death count is now 21.  Many are still waiting on roof tops; others are swimming through sewage to help save loved ones, and a baby was born in a canoe. The photos remind me of Katrina.

The Gaylord-Opryland Hotel is flooded, Opry Mills shopping complex is flooded, and the historical Grand Ol’ Opry is reportedly flooded too (Family Christian Academy—my daughter’s school—was to have their graduation there next month).

Floodwaters from many creeks and rivers have inundated literally thousands of homes and businesses. The most famous of these is the entire Opryland complex where I attended the  Blissdom conference a few months ago.

Floodwaters from the Cumberland have poured into the downtown area and are affecting many businesses. It is the highest water level ever recorded.  All schools are closed. Church services  were canceled Sunday.

One of the city’s two water treatment plants was flooded by weekend rains. We are conserving water.

I wasn’t able to go home on Sunday or Monday because the streets are still impassable. Some streets are four to eight feet underwater, dams are about to break, and the rivers are up thirty to forty feet.  Reports say the Cumberland River will crest somewhere around 51.7 feet, some 11.7 feet above flood stage.

Praise God, we are safe and dry in my daughter’s home. We watched a creek behind her house go from a two-foot wide drizzle to four feet, then ten, then it finally climbed about forty feet up the hill and into her basement.  It subsided just as quickly and there was no damage.

Praise God, our animals and  home in Shelbyville are safe too. My hubby is there taking care of them.

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Image credits: http://www.tennessean.com/


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  1. Oh wow, Robin! I’m so thankful you are out of harm’s way for now. I’m so thankful that water receeded and there is someone at your home for your animals. Praying for help for those not as fortunate. Thank you for updating us, dear sister! Thank you, Jesus!

  2. Praying for you to get home!

  3. Kathleen

    Robin, I’m so thankful that you and yours are safe. I will continue to pray for all those who are affected by this.

  4. Thanks so much for highlighting this and getting the word out. I live in Middle TN and there are so many people suffering, and so many folks who didn’t have flood insurance who have lost *everything*. Also many small businesses are affected and with the economy like it is, many will be forced to close up shop.

    Please pray for this area…we need it!

  5. So glad to know you saw the play instead! I’m sure that was a surreal moment, seeing those cars floating on a road you were ALMOST on. Thank God for His hand of protection over your life. 🙂

  6. Barbara

    Wow! I didn’t realize we were so close to you last fall. I visited my sister in Manchester. We are praying for you. All my Mom’s side of the family is in TN.

  7. Thank you for this news Robin. I had no idea that there were floods in America, we are only getting news on The Oil Spill. Praying for you all. God Bless.
    Larissa from Australia

  8. Thanks for the news; I had heard, but didn’t realize it was so bad there. Glad you are safe and your family is safe.

  9. I am so glad that you and your family are safe! I will continue to pray for the victims of the floods in Tennessee.
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  10. Thank God you all are fine! I had not looked at news over the weekend, did not know Nashville was so badly flooded!

  11. Praise YHVH you are safe and your family also! We were at the Gaylord last October….how sad to think of it being flooded. Praying the flooding ends soon with minimal damage and loss of life. Shalom
    .-= Spitfire´s last blog ..A Time to Contemplate =-.

  12. Amanda

    Glad you are safe and sound! Praise the Lord! He is so faithful to keep us from harm! Glad you heard His voice and changed plans… 🙂 Will continue ot pray for all those affected.

  13. I pray for all the people stranded and affected. I am reminded of the devastating typhoon “Ondoy” in my own country last year.
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  14. Lillie

    I live near Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009, we had several weeks of rain that overflowed the Chattahoochie River. Over 500 homes, many schools and businesses, and neighborhoods were underwater for weeks. Just when things got almost back to normal, it rained again and the same thing happened. Did anyone on this blog hear about it? Today I read on this site that the media ignored the Nashville flood, but came to the rescue in New Orleans. The situations in both places were awful. So was the Georgia floods. Please tell me why President Obama is being blamed for anything related to Nashville. Funds were dispensed to Nashville and Georgia. Both were declared disaster areas. The floods in these places were natural disasters. The situation in New Orleans were caused by man’s mistakes just like the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana now. There are lots of legitimate things we can blame the President, the democrats, and the republicans for. Let’s not invent reasons to trash somebody.

  15. The great Nashville flood was really unbelievable. It affected so many people and many lost everything. The light at the end of the tunnel was the outpouring of volunteerism and support from the Nashville community.

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