The Nashville area has spent this week recovering from historic floods brought on by record-breaking rainfall May 1–2. According to officials at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, many hotels and attractions will be open this Saturday, May 8, but some major properties, including Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, have not set their reopening dates.
“Nashville took a hit last weekend and a few of our signature properties will need time to recover, but the music is still playing! Our hallmark attractions and hotels are open,” said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville CVB, in a statement. “Nashville’s hospitality industry remained largely intact while record-breaking rains fell over the city.” The bureau’s Web site has information on the flood, including a list of hotels and attractions that are open.
Some areas of downtown were still without power as of May 6, including the CVB offices. The flooding caused an estimated $1 billion in damage to Nashville, according to the Nashville Tennessean.
The Nashville Convention Center is open and suffered no damage. The center is preparing to welcome the Mars Petcare Inc. meeting this weekend and had a few small private groups holding events in the center this week. The Tennessee Education Association, which was supposed to meet at the convention center May 7–8, decided to reschedule for June 4–5, according to the association’s Web site. One of the hotels in TEA’s block, the Hilton Downtown Nashville, is temporarily closed due to flooding and lack of power.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center was hit by the flood waters and remains closed. According to an article in the Tennessean, it could be closed for several months. Several groups have cancelled meetings at the Gaylord Opryland, but some, including the Humane Society of the United States, have decided to stay in Nashville and move their meetings to the convention center, according to an article in USA Today. Others groups, such as CS Week, may do the same.