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    Posted May 3, 2010 by
    Nashville, Tennessee
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Southeast flooding

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    Mass flooding continues in downtown Nashville, TN


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     chrisjmcd, a junior at Vanderbilt University, says the university canceled final exams yesterday due to flooding, so he and a friend trekked over to downtown Nashville, Tennessee, to see just how bad it was. 'It was just shocking to see the extent of the flooding. … Streets totally covered by water, water lapping up into shops. It was just surreal,' he said. On campus, some students have been moved to other dorms and some classrooms have been flooded. 'Vandy's on fairly high ground. It overlooks much of the city. That we have that extensive damage is surprising enough.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    With flood damage to residence halls, academic buildings, and parts of the medical center in addition to deteriorating travel conditions to and from the school, Vanderbilt University cancelled Monday exams.


    Having seen nonstop coverage of the flooding in downtown Nashville online, on TV, and in the newspapers, my friend and I journeyed downtown to see just how badly our beloved city was being affected.


    Though access to the affected areas was limited (police officers, patrol cars, and caution tape served as makeshift barricades), I was able to film several short videos throughout the downtown area. What I saw was striking.


    While it was sometimes easy for us to get lost in the astoundment at the changes to the Nashville skyline, countless reminders of the loss and devestation helped bring our minds back to earth: workers sprinting in and out of restaurants trying to save food and supplies; merchants rushing to salvage valuable goods; boarded up doors and windows; and dozens of policemen, firemen, and engineers working to fight the continuing flow.


    The posted videos are by no means high quality or professional, but they do serve as a unique insight into the immense power and effect of the flood.  Mundane objects like parking meters or lightpoles serve as surprising  landmarks in the depths of the water, reminding all of mother nature's true power.


    These short clips show the flooding around the Schermerhorn Syphony Center, the Hilton Hotel (water bursting from beneath the concrete), Country Music Hall of Fame, 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, the Cumberland River, and the view from Buffalo Billiards.

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