Tuesday, May 4, 2010

'How High's the Water, Mama?'

The flooding in Nashville,Tennessee is worth documenting on all types of blogs, including so-called 'Beauty Blogs'. For the first time in my memory, the Cumberland River took over the city and the water rose as high as fifth avenue.

photo by Robert Windel

Our beautiful Opryland Hotel suffered in a way I find hard to comprehend. I've been stomping the grounds of this hotel since my early teens...many of friends honeymooned or got engaged here. The conservatory was a matter of great pride, among Nashvillians, and yet this is what it looks like now.

Thousands of people lost their homes. This is a friend's upstairs view, just before they evacuated.

Fortunately, we live on a hill. Though the creek across the road did rise to unprecedented levels, we had no water damage at our own home.

Here is a picture of our front porch view...this one was taken in early fall of last year. It shows the remains of our neighbor's corn crop. The line of trees in the back is where the creek runs:

And here is a shot of that same view during Sunday's rain. Basically we lived across from a river, for awhile:

That water went down by the next morning and the field is ravaged by water but ready to be re-planted.

Today the weather is beautiful. My tiny community currently has no running water but hopefully will that be rectified soon. And as things are, we're just glad we are better off than so many others. For those who lost everything, my heart goes out to you.