Even though the torrential rains had stopped by Monday, Nashville still experienced unparalleled flooding due to the rising waters of the Cumberland River. The Grand Ole Opry House was damaged in that flood, but the show will go on Tuesday night at Nashville's War Memorial Coliseum, while Opry performances for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Both the Ryman and War Memorial Coliseum are former homes of the Grand Ole Opry. The last time the Opry had to relocate was back in 1975: that was also due to flooding of the Cumberland River.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville also took on water in its basement and in the Ford Theater. A rep for the Country Music Hall of Fame tells The Tennessean newspaper that no exhibits are threatened.
Several country artists lost instruments in the flood. Brad Paisley's road guitar gear and amps were flooded, but he tweeted saying, "On the positive side, everyone is safe." Chuck Wicks' tour bus and equipment trailer were also underwater as of Monday afternoon, and Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum and his wife Cassie actually borrowed Dierks Bentley's water pump to drain the water from their basement. Michelle Branch lost her car in the flood, and urged everyone to give what they can to the Red Cross relief effort.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released a joint statement saying, "We are very concerned for our town, but are also extremely proud of the selflessness and generosity shown by our wonderful citizens. We truly live in a special community."
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday night that the Cumberland River crested at just shy of 12 feet above flood stage. Thankfully, the waters are expected to drop below flood stage by Wednesday morning.