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Published on October 15, 2014

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1. Tennessee Floods Damage Nashville Tourist Attractions More than 14 people have been killed and hundreds of millions of dollars worth or property damaged in deadly flash flooding in Tennessee. While the floodwaters have started to recede, on Wednesday the 5th of May 2010, parts of downtown Nashville were still underwater. As well as devastating residents, the floods are taking their toll on Nashville's tourist industry. As of the 5th of May, some of Nashville's most popular tourist attractions remained flooded, including the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It's believed the Opryland Hotel, which sustained more than $75 million damage, will be closed for between three and six months. Despite Nashville Floods the Show Must Go On at Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry has announced that it will move its shows to alternative Nashville venues until the flood damage can be repaired. On Tuesday the 4th of May, Marty Stuart performed the first of the post-flood shows for the Opry in an acoustic set at the War Memorial Auditorium. This weekend's performances will move to the historic Ryman Auditorium, which along with the War Memorial Auditorium is a former home of the Opry. Fans can stay updated with the performances through the Grand Ole Opry's website, as well as on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The Opry is considered the spiritual home of country music by many, and has seen legends including Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and more take to its famous stage. The Vice President of the Grand Ole Opry, Pete Fisher, says the last time the Opry had to relocate was in 1975 following another Cumberland River flood, but the show must go on. "While we ourselves are shaken by the impact of the flooding of the Opry House and throughout the area, it is important that Nashville's most treasured tradition continues with this week's shows," Fisher said in a statement. "We look forward to coming together both as the Opry family and as a great American city."

2. Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Survives Flood Five and a half feet of water flooded the lower level of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum following the record breaking rains. Fortunately the exhibits and collections are located on the second, third and fourth floors of the building, and so have been kept safe and dry. The Hall of Fame and Museum remains closed to the public on the 5th of May 2010, as Downtown Nashville is still without power. Emergency generators are being used to power climate control systems for the museum, and assist crews working to clean up the popular tourist attraction. A spokesperson from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum says they are still to determine the extent of the damage, but as soon as the museum is safe to be opened to the public, they will let people know through their website. Downtown Nashville Tourist Areas Affected by Floodwater The restaurants and bars that are so popular with tourists in downtown Nashville remain closed to the public on the 5th of May, as businesses wait for power to be reconnected. A spokesperson for the Nasvhille Electric Service says power will be out in the riverfront district for the rest of the week after a main circuit failed. It is not clear how long it will take businesses to reopen after power is resumed. Meanwhile the Schermerhorn Symphony Center has postponed all upcoming events after up to ten feet of water caused considerable damage to essential equipment in the basement. Inspecting the damage from the air, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean told the Tennessean newspaper the situation is was worse than he expected. "This situation is going to require a very large recovery process. The safety of some of our infrastructure is questionable."

3. Nashville's Country Music Stars Rally Behind Flooded City Some of Nashville's country music stars have been expressing their concern for their home town through their Twitter accounts and interviews with the media. Keith Urban and Kenney Chesney were among those who used Twitter to urge people to donate to the Nashville Red Cross. Meanwhile, speaking at the Met Costume Institute Gala in New York on the 3rd of May, Taylor Swift told E! News she was thinking of those back home. "We had the worst storm in 35 years, so please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. A lot of people back home are not doing well." The country stars will have the chance to help some of the Tennessee city's major tourist attractions, with one Nashville music executive telling E! that there are already plans for a fundraiser to repair water damage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Grand Ole Opry House. Related Articles Nashville's Top Tourist Attractions: When the floodwaters recede, this guide will provide insights into some of the most popular attractions in the Country Music Capital of the World. Dolly Helps Nashville Flood Victims: Dolly donates the weekend's takings from Dollywood and her other tourist attractions to help victims of the Nashville floods. Dolly Parton's Theme Park, Dollywood: Say Hello Dolly and join more than two and a half million people a year at Dolly Parton's Dollywood, nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

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