Historic Nashville Flood of 2010

A Very Sad Day For Nashville, Tennessee

The May 2010 Tennessee floods were 1000-year floods in Middle Tennessee, West Tennessee, south-central and western Kentucky and northern Mississippi areas of the United States of America as the result of torrential rains on May 1 and 2, 2010. Floods from these rains affected the area for several days afterwards, resulting in a number of deaths and widespread property damage. 

Two-day rain totals in some areas were greater than 19 inches (480 mm). The Cumberland River crested at 51.86 feet (15.81 m) in Nashville, a level not seen since 1937, which was before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control measures were in place. All-time record crests were observed on the Cumberland River at Clarksville, the Duck River at Centerville and Hurricane Mills, the Buffalo River at Lobelville, the Harpeth River at Kingston Springs and Bellevue, and the Red River at Port Royal.

Flooding on the Cumberland River damaged the Grand Ole Opry House, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Opry Mills Mall, Bridgestone Arena (home to NHL team Nashville Predators), and LP Field (home to NFL team Tennessee Titans) with several feet of water. 

Grand Ole Opry performances were moved to other venues in the Nashville area, with the Ryman Auditorium serving as the primary venue when available. Other venues hosting the Opry include the War Memorial Auditorium, TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall, Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Lipscomb University's Allen Arena and the Two Rivers Baptist Church. Both the Ryman and War Memorial Auditoriums were previous homes to the Opry. None of these facilities were affected by the floods. The Grand Ole Opry House reopened to much fanfare on September 28, 2010.  

Flooding at Symphony Place in Nashville - The basement flooded in Schermerhorn Symphony Center, causing the destruction of two Steinway grand concert pianos and one organ valued at $2.5 million.  

The common areas of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel were destroyed, and parts of the hotel were under 10 feet of water at the peak of the floods. It remained closed until November 2010. Neighboring Opry Mills mall was also inundated, and remained closed until March 29, 2012.  

Flooding was reported in a mechanical room of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but the exhibits were not damaged. 
*All Photos Below Were Found On Pinerest.

Historic Nashville Flood of 2010


Bicentennial Mall - Downtown Nashville


Barnes & Noble Store Opry Mills flood Nashville May 2010


Downtown Nashville - Historic Flood


A view from above at Pennington Bend by Opryland from the sky, Monday afternoon May 3, 2010.


Exit to Opry Mills Drive


2010 Flood destroyed most of the area

known as Southtown where this

Dairy Queen was located.


Downtown Nashville


Downtown Nashville


Opryland Hotel


Downtown Nashville


Grand Ole Opry House


Downtown Nashville


Outdoor World - Opry Mills


Downtown Nashville


Raging waters


Guitars ruined in the Nashville floods, owned by John Fogerty.


Hard Rock Cafe - Downtown Nashville


Inside Grand Ole Opry


Waters rise around the Country Music Hall of Fame and other buildings in the riverfront area of downtown


Downtown Nashville


Trent Burian, 12, looks over downtown Nashville from the Pedestrian bridge.


Downtown Nashville


Dierks Bentley - Nashville Flood


Grand Ole Opry Stage Door