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Nashville is flooded, as if you had not already heard that from a dozen sources

This is the worst flood of my lifetime here in Nashville. Several main arteries have been underwater for times varying from an hour to almost twenty-four hours. I-24 southeast of the city had the worst of it yesterday, which this video of a school’s temporary classroom floating down the interstate and imploding shows vividly:

In that video, you can also see a rather large number of cars caught up in the flood. Many were folks just driving through Nashville on the way to somewhere else, probably listening to Lady Gaga and having no idea they were about to be trapped in a flood.

This morning, the west and southwest parts got hit hardest. This video shows Charlotte Pike, which is one of main arteries going west from the city. A large section is underwater and some guys have been on a roof for a couple of hours waiting for rescue.

Last I heard, the death toll was six, but that doesn’t really communicate the large number of businesses and homes that were washed out. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing those, plus the usual number of videos from guys in pickup trucks demonstrating their foolishness by driving through flooded areas to shoot their video. Of course, YouTube has the successful ones. We don’t get to see the ones in which “Hold my beer – watch this” was preceded by a vehicle caught up in the flood.

I’d put up some of my own pictures, but there’s no particularly photogenic flooding around my neighborhood, and the local officials have requested everyone to stay home if at all possible. The water table got high enough to flood our old coal room to about six inches deep with some artesian pressure, but the only casualty was a 25-year-old water heater I was about to replace anyway. My teenage sons and I cleared the drainholes and bailed water for a while, and it’s drained now. We even had time for a shower apiece from the old heater before the water gave out.

The rain has stopped and things will probably be back to normal soon. Some numbers: We got about twenty inches of rain in less than three days, which is normally about a six month supply for us. That’s on top of a couple of inches last week which did a nice job of saturating the ground in preparation for this deluge.

Next week’s expected outlook: widely scattered insurance claims and flood damage sales.

*** Update 6:00 PM CST ***

If you want to see plenty of pictures and some more video, including a shot of the aftermath of the I-24 flooding, Donald Sensing has a couple of good posts up (found via Instapundit):

Yesterday.

Today.

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10 Responses to Nashville is flooded, as if you had not already heard that from a dozen sources

  • I havent heard of this.

    But of course we are talking about a predominately white city which went for Bush twice and McCain in 2008.  Therefore little news coverage.  Nothing about FEMA not responding.  No conspiracy theories about the govt causing the damage.  Nothing about 50 rapes, hundreds of murders and police snipers taking out people trying to flee the devastation.

    /sarcasm off

  • Get over yourself. This city is not mainly white. People like you need to think before speaking.

  • Dee opened his/her big mouth and inserted foot by saying:

    “Get over yourself. This city is not mainly white. People like you need to think before speaking.Get over yourself. This city is not mainly white. People like you need to think before speaking.”

    Some folks (like me) ACTUALLY CHECK THINGS OUT BEFORE OPENING THEIR MOUTH.

    http://nashville.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm

    Race

     

    One race
    534524
    97.98%

    White
    359581
    65.91%

    Black or African American
    146235
    26.81%

    American Indian and Alaska Native
    1639
    0.3%

    Asian
    12992
    2.38%

    Asian indian
    2607
    0.48%

    Chinese
    1916
    0.35%

    Filipino
    796
    0.15%

    Japanese
    644
    0.12%

    Korean
    1596
    0.29%

    Vietnamese
    1972
    0.36%

    Other Asian
    3461
    0.63%

    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    400
    0.07%

    Native Hawaiian
    81
    0.01%

    Guamanian or Chamorro
    57
    0.01%

    Samoan
    181
    0.03%

    Other Pacific Islander
    81
    0.01%

    Some other race
    13677
    2.51%

    Two or more races
    11000
    2.02

    Also as Bruce said.

    Check the sarcasm tag on the original post.

  • Dee Said

    “Get over yourself. This city is not mainly white. People like you need to think before speaking”

    SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY CHECK FACTS BEFORE POSTING AND PUTTING THEIR FOOT INTO THEIR MOUTHS

    http://nashville.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm

    Race
    White     65.91%

    Last time I checked 65.91 out of 100 fits the word MAJORITY.

  • The floods are worst in memory.  Why?  Is this merely a case of once-in-a-lifetime heavy rains; a case of construction and other development shriking the river bed / flood plain so that any flooding is exacerbated; failure of flood-control measures such as dikes; or some combination of the above?

    I ask because:

    1.  Hopefully the authorities in Tennessee can learn from what happened and take steps to stop it happening again;

    2.  The Gorebots will be claiming “global warming” and it helps (admittedly, only a tiny bit) to have factual arguments to counter their brainless hysteria.

    • The Gorebots will be claiming “global warming”

      Global warming calls for drought conditions (recall the pictures of dried up lake beds).
      Unless there’s floods – then it calls for floods.
      Nice little Catch-22 con game they got going there; plays right into the CCX.

  • Hi:
    Count yourself lucky. That was some serious rain and more than easily on par with the the ’72 flood in Chattanooga. A comparison of the two would be interesting as well as an assessment of what should be a new flood mitigation program for the greater Nashville area.
    Speaking from experience, I would pay close attention to my national and state representatives and vote accordingly based upon the speed and effectiveness of their ‘skill’ in getting Nashville back to order.

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