Opryland Hotel flooding damage beyond measure

Opryland Hotel Atrium

A view of one of the Opryland Hotel Atria. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The results of the Tennessee flooding of the Cumberland River, especially the Opryland Hotel flooding, have closed the area that is virtually the heart of Nashville. The Opryland Hotel is part of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, a large resort complex including retail stores and several atria, all next door to the Grand Ole Opry.  The heart of country music has been severely damaged as well.  This kind of damage takes more than a little instant cash to undo.

Opryland Hotel Flooding

The Opryland Hotel flooding has damaged a premiere area of Nashville tourism.  The Opryland Hotel complex, or the Gaylord Opryland Resort, is a large resort.  A luxury hotel, convention center and multitude of recreational activities are available there.  It isn’t known how many people are out of work because of flood damage, and Tennessee unemployment is expected to skyrocket.  Guests at the Opryland Hotel were evacuated on Sunday.

The Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry, in the heart of Nashville, is right next to the Opryland Hotel and resort. The Grand Ole Opry House was damaged by the flooding, and upcoming concerts have been moved to different venues, according to CNN.  The last time the Grand Ole Opry had to make similar arrangements was in 1975, also because the Cumberland River overflowed.  CBS has Opryland Hotel flooding pictures and pictures of the Grand Ole Opry House under water.  It’s the home of country music, and it’s been viciously damaged by the flooding of the Cumberland River.

Where do we take it from here?

It would appear that recovery from the flooding will take quite some time.  The Cumberland flows right through downtown Nashville, and the tourism industry as well as many other businesses have been and will be affected as a result.  The Opryland Hotel flooding has closed a huge employer and provider of services for the time being, and has also damaged a national landmark. The waters are going to start receding, but that will only start to reveal just how bad the damage is.

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