Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Cumberland River, one of the major influences in the founding of the city, overflowed its banks. Storms dumped 13 inches of rain on the city--that's nearly double the record set in 1979, according to MSNBC. And that record was set during a hurricane!
Storms, including tornados, killed at least 16 people in Tennessee, and 10 others in Kentucky and Mississippi. MSNBC also reports homeowners were rescued from rooftops and a pregnant woman was airlifted from a flooded interstate. Hundreds of homes were lost and many historic buildings were awash--including the Ryman and the downtown historic district.
At last check, The Tennesseean had the Cumberland River cresting at 52.5 feet--that's 12.5 feet above flood stage.
There are many videos on YouTube, but I thought this was the most telling.
There is no one to be angry with. There is no office to storm or figurehead to crucify. Just a simple act of nature that is awesome in its power.
We should feel humbled. And grateful that we are not one of those 26.
For more photos of the damage and rescues, click here.
Posted by Michele Emrath at 5:05 AM