I don’t mean to bore those of you who are following this locally. I also don’t want to not update those of you who aren’t local. So, here’s a short update. We woke up this morning to learn that parts of downtown are under water. If you’re a student of history, you be completely unsurprised to learn that it’s “Black Bottom” that has flooded–those old ghosts stick around, you know?
I-40 going out towards Memphis is closed. Much of Bellevue, which is our western neighborhood/suburb, is under water. Pennington Bend, which is the bend in the river where the Grand Ole Opry and Opryland Hotel is located is underwater in parts. Briley Parkway, which is a major loop around the city is flooded in two parts.
I don’t know. It’s hard to get you a sense of the magnitude of it. And I haven’t even started to tell you about the surrounding areas. Basically, if you look at a map of Middle Tennessee, you should just imagine all of the low areas under water.
We’re very lucky that, though we’re in a low area of our little clump of houses, we are actually higher up than most of the city. That’s why our yard emptied out pretty quickly, even though it was still raining. Our good fortune was the bad fortune of someone else.
I’m going to try to get into work here in a second. The mayor has asked people to stay home, but the word from work is that folks are expected to be there. And the mayor doesn’t sign my paycheck, so there you go.
Please keep us in your thoughts.