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Opryland, Hall of Fame shut by floods

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – Flooding of the Cumberland River caused the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to close to overnight guests. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum also shut because electricity was out in the area.

That is in addition to the Grand Ole Opry at the site being forced to move to the War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave. North, Nashville. Weekend performances will move to the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville

The hotel's web site said, "The guests that were in the hotel this Sunday were evacuated to a nearby shelter for the evening where they were provided with food, drinks and bedding. As of today, most have left the shelter, and have been picking up their luggage from the hotel with the assistance of Gaylord Opryland's bell staff and other leaders who are on site to assist these guests with obtaining their luggage. Those who have already left Nashville, will have their luggage shipped to them from Gaylord. We are continuing to monitor the flood situation in Nashville, and will assess any hotel damage with the appropriate teams. When there is new information regarding the hotel's condition, we will post the news here on the website. Thank you for your patience and for your support."

Reports have said the hotel could be closed for months to deal with the damage.

Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the resort, said Tuesday its annual meeting will move from the resort to company headquarters elsewhere in Nashville. The meeting will be held Thursday.

The Country Music Hall of Fame also suffered damage from the flooding, although none to its exhibitions. The hall of fame's web said, "The waters are receding, and the museum is being cleaned."

The venue's web site said, "The Museum has sustained minor damage, but the exhibits and collections-located on the second, third and fourth floors of the building-are safe and dry. We are closed today, Tuesday, May 4, and tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5, because electricity is off all over downtown Nashville, including Sobro, as crews work to repair flood-related damage. We will remain closed until electricity is restored. At present, we don't know how long that will be, but all indications are that power will be restored by the end of the week. Emergency generators are powering climate control systems to keep the collection safe and to allow crews to work on cleanup."

"At the height of the downtown flooding on Monday we had five and a half feet of water in our mechanical room, which is below ground level. Water also came into our Ford Theater, which is at street level on the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street. There has been some damage to the Ford Theater. Though we don't yet know the extent of that damage, we are already in the process of remediation."

"As soon as we determine that we can safely reopen the museum to the public, we will post that news...Again, thank you for your concern. We look forward to seeing you soon."

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