May 7th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Flooding closes curtains at Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry House is closed for repairs after record-setting rain sent water 2 feet above its historic stage, damaging instruments, memorabilia and archival tapes at the country music landmark.

Gaylord Entertainment Co. Chief Executive Officer Colin Reed said he did not know how long the facility will be closed. The neighboring Gaylord Opryland Resort, a 2,881-room hotel, also is closed for restoration but will be open before the end of 2010, he said.

"We're going to do everything in our power to restore the stuff that's been damaged by water," Reed told reporters Friday.

He said quick thinking by Opry management Sunday saved much of the memorabilia there. Shows scheduled at the facility will be moved to other Nashville venues during repairs, he said.

Flooding has caused more than $1.5 billion in property damage in the Nashville area, city officials said Friday. Investigators were still searching for two people reported missing and surveying the damage in the city and surrounding Davidson County.

The flooding damaged at least 1,952 residential properties, city officials said in a statement. Cleanup crews have collected about 80 truckloads of debris from flooded neighborhoods.

Most of the water that had inundated several neighborhoods in the city of Nashville had receded Friday, seven days after the heavy rain swelled the Cumberland River.

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  1. JOSEPH F. CALIGIURI SR.

    TO TONY HARRIS OF CNN.

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    October 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura Ann Sailor

      I'm sorry to bother you sir but I wondered if you were in a brass band years ago ? I have some old photos I'm trying to identify.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |