Nashville Floods: Titans' Field, Predators' Arena Under Water
NASHVILLE -- On Monday afternoon LP Field, the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, and the Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL's Nashville Predators, became the latest casualties of what is being called a "500-year flood" currently overwhelming the city of Nashville. Water poured into both professional sports facilities, a potent symbol of the calamity overtaking Tennessee's second-largest city.
According to local CBS meteorologist Lelan Statum, the floods are the result of 13.57 inches of rain that fell on the city during a 36-hour period from Saturday to Sunday evening. On Sunday alone Nashville received 7.25 inches of rainfall, which, by itself represented a record rainfall for the month of May. In fact, the 13.57 inches of rainfall is more than double the historical two-day record rainfall for the city of Nashville, which occurred in September of 1979, courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Frederick.
With stunning ferocity the rainfall overwhelmed vast stretches of the city, resulting in hundreds of water rescues and tens of thousands of flooded homes. Now the greatest threat has become the river that gave birth to Nashville, the Cumberland. The river has reached over 51 feet and spilled beyond the east and west banks of the river, flooding downtown's entertainment district filled with bars and restaurants, as well as the Titans' football stadium on the east bank of the city.