Saturday, May 1, 2010

The May Day Middle Tennessee Floods

Lookin' Out My Front Door

Middle Tennessee is flooded. Heavy storms, Interstates 24 and 40 and many other roads shut down. 8 to 13 inches of rain ... so far.

Several more inches of rain expected tonight. More tomorrow.

In our lifetime ...  this is shaping up to be the big one.

A portable classroom  floats down I-24 in Nashville .....

Flooding Photos from the Tennessean

Tennessee Flooding Kills 5

NewsChannel5 Photos 

WSMV reports and photos

Flood Rescue on I-24 at Bell Road Exit video


May 2 ... The Nashville area continues to get pounded with rain. Reports are that some middle TN areas have gotten over 15 inches. Speculation is that some may get up to 20 inches before it's over.
Parts of downtown Nashville are under water, up to six feet deep.

5:15  pm: So far Nashville has over 13.5 inches of rain in 2 days. 25% of the average yearly total.

8:15 pm: 5 confirmed dead in Nashville. At least two are missing.  

9:40 pm: The Cumberland River is at 50 feet, 10 feet above flood stage in downtown Nashville. 

Opryland Hotel Evacuates 1500 guests

Rock Quarry video

Tennessean updates

TEMA asks National Guard to help with flood rescue 

Andrea Silva and Jamey Howell cling to Howell's jeep Sunday morning when flash flooding from Station Camp Creek overtook their vehicle.

Dover Anthony sings as he overlooks the parking lot of submerged cars at the Knights Motel in East Nashville.

A man moves his kayak through rising flood waters on Hillsboro Rd. in Franklin , Tenn., Sunday, May 2, 2010.
The Bellevue area in Nashville is hit hard.

The park 1/4 mile away from my house.


  1. thanks for posting this. When I google Tennessee floods, I get newspaper articles from 1901, 1917, and then your blog. My aunt is in Franklin and her house backs up to the Harpeth River. She is staying (right now) at a neighbor's house that is on higher ground but is worried since her house has flooded (less severely) before. stay safe.

  2. Oh My GoD!!!

    It's Global WETTING!!!!

    (quick! someone make a market solution to fix it!!!!)

    psst. hang onto your seat cushion, Kenny... its a floatation device.

  3. Look! A building running on water!

    (probably getting 100 miles to the gallon)

  4. It is a deluge here. The TN river bottom north of Pickwick is flooded to very high levels.

  5. I feel for you folks getting pounded with this massive flood.
    We got hit by part of that storm in the MO Ozarks, but nowhere near that amount of rain. Only about 3" in less than an hour, but one helluva lightening and thunder show.

    I see that a certain Sandwich Islands alternative news site, whose owner is obsessed with Al Gore, is ignoring this catastrophe.

    Guess that kind of news doesn't fit in with his agenda.

  6. Oh I don't know Greg, Gore's 'think tank' is probably working on a spin that these floods are caused by AGW.

    I'm east of Nashville and we missed the brunt of the rain they got but it's still unbelievable around here. And it's not over yet.

  7. This damage will clear up in about one hundred years unless the hurricane season blows oil up into the interior of the U.S.. Estimates are a hurricane would produce oil rain and the season starts in about a month. There are about one billion tons of seafood at risk and people are now afraid of food shortages, not to mentiona a gas cloud hovering over the gulf causing blue flu. Evacuation plans are being studied. The gulf of Mexico is pretty much finished for a long long time.

    Don't forget this well is in 5000 feet of water.

    Don't listen to those crazy environmentalists, be a good capitalist and drill baby drill. Who needs the southern coast line, Alaska is still a good place to go.

    For anybody who hasn't bothered looking into this, the oil is going to circulate into the Atlantic ocean via the gulf stream.

    What the hurricane season could bring. ig-is-the-Gulf-of-Mexico-oil-spill-really _americas/article7113708.ece

    "President Barack Obama will today visit the Gulf of Mexico coastline threatened by the giant oil spill, as experts warn that the spill from a ruptured oil rig might be growing five times faster than previously estimated.

    The oil is gushing from BP's sunken Deepwater Horizon rig at 25,000 barrels a day and could reach 50,000 barrels a day, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earlier estimates had put the leak at 5,000 barrels a day.
    Professor Ian MacDonald, an ocean specialist at Florida State University, said the new estimate suggested that the leak had already spread 9 million gallons of heavy crude oil across the Gulf. This compares with 11 million that leaked from the Exxon Valdez tanker when it hit a reef off Alaska in 1989.

    Hans Gruber, a Miami University researcher, said that satellite images of the slick on Friday showed that it was three time bigger than estimated, covering an area of 3,500 sq miles (9,000 sq km), similar in size to Puerto Rico.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that deteriorating conditions on the sea bed could result in a flow of 50,000 barrels a day, sufficient to produce one of America’s worst ecological disasters

    Experts and officials said that their greatest fear was that a disintegration of pipes close to the rig could produce an “unchecked gusher” that would ravage America’s southern coastline.

    "This spill threatens not only our wetlands and our fisheries, but also our way of life," Mr Jindal told reporters. "They originally thought we would see heavier oil hitting us today. They've pushed that back until tomorrow."

    Environmentalists said it could take decades for the maze of marshes — more than 40 per cent of America's ecologically fragile wetlands — to recover if waves simply wash the oil over miles of boom set up to protect the coast.

    "The surface area is huge," said Mark Floegel, a researcher with Greenpeace. "There probably isn't enough boom in the world to protect what needs to be protected."

    Commandant Admiral Thad Allen of the US Coast Guard said the adverse weather conditions meant that a major shore impact was inevitable.
    "There's enough oil out there, I think it's logical to assume that it will impact the shoreline. The question is when and where," he told reporters.
    Meanwhile criticism of BP was intensifying for apparently underestimating the scale of the disaster.

    Mean while Sarah "Iraq invasion was God's will" Palin is urging drill baby drill. A new rig has overturned inland in Monroe City Louisiana.

  8. Leslie,

    Heard from your aunt? The Harpeth has set a flood record and still rising. Franklin is a big lake.

    I hope she has flood insurance. There are hundreds, likely thousands of houses damaged here in the midstate, so many not in recognized flood plains and without insurance.


    Maybe we ain't seen nothing yet as they say.

    Mother of all gushers could kill Earth's oceans
    Imagine a pipe 5 feet wide spewing crude oil like a fire hose from what could be the planets' largest, high-pressure oil and gas reserve. With the best technology available to man, the Deepwater Horizon rig popped a hole into that reserve and was overwhelmed. If this isn't contained, it could poison all the oceans of the world.
    "Well if you say the fire hose has a 70,000 psi pump on the other end yes! No comparison here. The volume out rises geometrically with pressure. Its a squares function. Two times the pressure is 4 times the push. The Alaska pipeline is 4 feet in diameter and pushes with a lot less pressure. This situation in the Gulf of Mexico is stunning dangerous." --Paul Noel (May 2, 2010)
    "When the rig sank it flipped over and landed on top of the drill hole some 5,000 feet under the ocean.

    Now they've got a hole in the ocean floor, 5,000 feet down with a wrecked oil drilling rig sitting on top of is spewing 200,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Take a moment and consider that, will you!

    First they have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water? That operation alone would take years and hundreds of millions to accomplish. Then, how do you cap that hole in the muddy ocean floor? There just is no way. No way.

    The only piece of human technology that might address this is a nuclear bomb. I'm not kidding. If they put a nuke down there in the right spot it might seal up the hole. Nothing short of that will work. [See Paul Noel's ideas above.]

    If we can't cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?

    We're so used to our politicians creating false crises to forward their criminal agendas that we aren't recognizing that we're staring straight into possibly the greatest disaster mankind will ever see. Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big of a reservoir of oil is down there.

    Not to mention that the oceans are critical to maintaining the proper oxygen level in the atmosphere for human life.

    We're humped. Unless God steps in and fixes this. No human can. You can be sure of that."

  10. OMG I'm so glad I called you guys! This is very unfortunate and the words Deb used to describe this was right on cue - Thanks Cuz! I'm glad ya'll are safe.

  11. Hi Kenny: my aunt is doing fine but has moved out of her house ... they were evacuated first and have since been able to get back in to see the damage but can't live there. In total, they got 4 feet of water and have been told by the insurance company that everything is ruined and the foundation of the house has to be rebuilt. She's distraught but holding up. I'm here in Virginia but we are staying in touch daily and have sent her gift cards and stuff in the hopes it will be a little easier for her to get back to some kind of normal. I have a lot of family in TN (Nashville and Brentwood) and they are taking care of the details for her. Thanks for asking. :-)