Over the weekend, in those homes that still had electricity — or in otherwise darkened houses where the power levels on laptops were nervously watched — Middle Tennesseans stayed glued to their TVs and computers as one surreal, nightmarish image after another brought the mounting devastation of the weekend flood into view. The combination of TV news crews fighting sleep deprivation and citizen reporters armed with flip cameras and cell phones created a kaleidoscopic portrait of the city in crisis — a testament to the immediacy of electronic media.
This morning, we've assembled clips from across Nashville and Middle Tennessee to show just a fraction of the flood's extent, starting with this footage of the historically high Cumberland River and the imperiled Riverfront Park waterfront.
The ancient Dairy King on East Thompson Lane was an early casualty of Mill Creek flooding. What you don't see in the video is the bizarre carnival atmosphere that prevailed as people stopped their cars in traffic to get out and watch. This is not a good idea when you're on a bridge.
An attempted boat rescue on Charlotte followed by an actual monster-truck rescue.
The Nations neighborhood off Charlotte, where in places by yesterday afternoon only rooftops were visible.
A seascape that once was the corner of Harding and Hillwood, followed by clips of the washed-out Belle Meade Kroger.
The emergency site that is downtown Franklin.
Footage of a boat rescue of residents at Franklin's Fieldstone Farms.
The best clip we've found of the flood waters rising at Antioch's Blue Hole Road, with the Family Golf Center's miniature course completely submerged.
Somewhere at the bottom of this lake is Franklin's Pinkerton Park. Residents tell us the high foot bridge that crosses the Harpeth is completely underwater.
The aftermath of Antioch's flooding, in a clip that conveys a little of the post-apocalyptic disorientation people felt trying to make it home through the stricken city yesterday.
What may emerge as the iconic image of the Great Nashville Flood: a portable building floating alongside an unnavigable I-24 at Bell Road.