The Tennessee Flood of 2010 Part 1

As I’m sure you are aware by now (especially if you’re in Tennessee) that we have experienced record levels of rainfall with subsequent flooding this past weekend. Unfortunately our internet connection has been down until now and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to post since Friday. Things could have been worse – much worse. I want to say before I start this post that we are very lucky. Our home is situated partway up a very large hill and our house is in very little danger of ever flooding. Let’s just say that if my house flooded TN would be in big trouble. That being said our yard can’t handle 8 inches of rain in two days – it drains – just not fast enough. The backyard became a mess.  Our issues don’t even begin to compare to the issues those people further north and west of us had over the weekend.  Nashville totaled over 13 inches of rain while other areas went higher. This was a record setting weekend for Tennessee and already we’ve set a record amount of rainfall for the month – on day 2!

People in Nashville and low lying areas all over Middle Tennessee have lost homes, businesses, pets, livestock, and in the worst of cases family. Historic landmarks and tourist attractions are underwater including the Opryland Hotel, LP Field (Titans Stadium), and many other locations.  On the news we saw all manner of flooding. In one case a portable building floated into an 18 wheeler and disintegrated on Interstate 24. Cars floated across roads and landed into homes and I even saw a shed floating – in tact I might add – downstream. Government buildings, shopping centers, farms, and whole communities have been swallowed by the water. It’s still difficult getting around as roads are washed out or flooded, bridges aren’t stable, and even railroad tracks have buckled. Nashville is in water saving mode now because one of the two water treatment centers is underwater which has contaminated the drinking water from that plant. The one good thing is that it’s over and we have a dry week ahead to help evaporate some of this water.  

I’m going to show you some pictures in this post of our garden and yard during the flood but please keep in mind that what we experienced in my yard was nothing compared to what others experienced. I would highly encourage you to find ways to help those who have lost their homes. I suspect food banks and various agencies would be the best places to start (The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee). Displaced families are in great need right now so if you can please help!

Our backyard issues aren’t necessarily because of the land itself but because of the drainage in our community. The drains from several streets are funneled into the low lying area in our adjoining neighbor’s backyard which then flows into a ditch in the very back of our property. The ditch directs the water to a lake that sits in the middle of our community and empties into various streams which eventually end up in the Duck River. The ditch in the back is nearly 6 feet deep but fills up from time to time with large amounts of rainfall. Never have I seen this much rain in such a short time. There was so much rain this weekend that the ditch could not contain all the water and the back of our yard began to hold a layer of water about 2-3 inches deep.  It also meant that water flowed into my shed but fortunately my mowers sit up high and they were not effected.

The waters lifted mulch from various garden beds and nearly pulled out plants from the ground. I’ll be going through the yard soon and repairing what I can. I have a plan to prevent water from bothering the shed in the future but I don't have time to get to it just yet. At least the garden shed drains very quickly when soaked!

Tomorrow I'll have up a couple short videos I took of the flooding in action from our yard. After inspecting the damage I can say that it is very minimal for which I'm very thankful. Unfortunately others were not so lucky this weekend.

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