Thursday marks 4 year anniversary of deadly 2010 May flood

Thursday marks 4 year anniversary of deadly 2010 May flood (Image 1)

Thursday marks the fourth anniversary of the historic 2010 flood that claimed the lives of 10 people in Nashville.

More than 13 inches of rain fell in the Metro area in a 48 hour time period, damaging thousands of homes, between May 1 and May 2.

The heavy rains caused Mill Creek, located near Bell Road, to swell forcing waters to cascade onto nearby Interstate 24 sweeping cars along the roadway.

Some Motorists faced a life threatening situation when all three lanes of the interstate were covered, cars bobbing, and some turning upside down.

A portable classroom from Lighthouse Christian School even floated down the road.

Mill Creek’s waters were gone by the next day, but many Antioch neighborhoods were devastated.

Richland Creek came out of its banks in west Nashville, flooding houses and shopping centers, forcing employees on the roofs of their businesses.

By the time the rain tapered off on May 2, a record 13.57″ of rain had fallen over the two day period, but the trouble for the Cumberland River was just beginning.

The water was just too much for Old Hickory Dam, and the Corps of Engineers was forced to open all of the flood gates, sending a torrent of water downstream to Pennington Bend.

Iconic structures such as the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel sustained substantial damage, forcing millions of dollars in renovations.

The popular Opry Mills Mall was also heavily damaged as waters poured into the facility, forcing the mall to remain closed until early 2012.

Dozens of counties throughout the Volunteer State were declared disaster areas.

It took months, in some cases, years for communities to recover.

In Bellevue, homes that were once eight to 10 feet underwater have now since been renovated or rebuilt.

“We sort of left this here for posterity,” resident Amy Frogge said, pointing to a fading orange-brown line five feet high on her garage door. “This is the line where the water came.”

She continued, “This street was basically a river. We had a river, a strong current flowing through the street”, she said. “When we left on the morning of the flood, my husband came out in a kayak, and kayaked down the street and tied the boat to a tree.”

Also, in Bellevue, a bridge now proudly boosts the name of one of the victims killed in the flood.

The Danny Tomlinson Bridge on Newsome Station for many serves as a reminder of the tragedy.

Click here for complete coverage of the 2010 flood.

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